21 Sep

Well, what an amazing week we’ve had here at Future Finders… new placements, careers fairs and our first paid employment outcome!

Let’s start with an update from our job coach, Charlotte..

Another busy week at Medtia for our Future Finders! Monday involved English, Maths and Employability. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday morning our interns were out on placement – here’s a bit of an update on how they are getting on…

This week I’ve been at the Whitegate Inn with Brittany, one of our Future Finders interns. It’s Brittany’s first week on placement there and she has settled in really quickly. She’s had a go at everything from pot washing to stocking up the bar and restaurant area, setting up for afternoon service and cleaning. Watch this space for ‘a day in the life of Brittany’ in next week’s blog!

This week the students have also been working hard at Premier Inn, working alongside the House Keeping Team to ensure the hotel is clean and tidy for the guests. They have been helping with the laundry, distributing it around the hotel and getting to know their buddies in preparation for their new targets next week of room cleans.

This week has also been House Keeping Appreciation Week so there have been lots of tasks that we have helped the managers with to show how much they appreciate their team – from stacking their trolleys to being part of the awards dinner where we had helped the staff try to win prizes for ‘Best Bed’, ‘Brilliant Bathroom’ and ‘Terrific Trolleys’.

We even did some towel art – there were some fantastic animals made out of the towels. No 2 days are ever the same at Premier Inn!! It’s been another brilliant week!

Colette has been at the Atrium café at First Choice Homes and has been making sandwiches and prepping salad in the kitchen. She has loved helping out the girls and being in the kitchen – they couldn’t have coped without her on busy days, helping with the lunch time rush.

This week at Oldham library Keiffer, Edward and Sebastian have enjoyed their first week on placement and have completed various different jobs around the library to help settle into the work place environment. Students have tidied the book shelves, ordered books into alphabetical order, attempted the Dewey Decimal System, supported staff on reception and also helped their peers with other tasks when needed.

On Thursday afternoon we visited Get Oldham Working Jobs Fair at The Queen Elizabeth Hall where there were over 600 job-related opportunities on offer to have a look at. It was really busy but it helped the students to get an idea of what kind of jobs are available in Oldham..

Now it’s over to Sebastian at Oldham Library..

A day in the life of Sebastian
Oldham Library

I arrive at Oldham Library at 9:30am ready to start my work placement. The first thing I do is hang up my coat and put my personal belongings in the staff room..

I have spent some time this week working on reception with the library staff, helping customers with advice and general enquiries..

I wanted to work in the children’s section of the library and one of the jobs there was to organise the books in alphabetical order by author..

My next job was to help in the toddler section, organising the books and completing some general tidying of the area..

Once all the jobs were completed in the children’s area of the library, I moved on to the information desk with a member of staff at the reference library. Here I helped customers with general enquiries, booking out and returning items and also helping people using the public printer and scanner..

My final job of the day was to head downstairs to the main part of the library to organise and sort the book shelves to make it easier for the public to find what they are looking for..

All in a day’s work! 

I have really liked it at the library, it’s been fun helping people and sorting out the books. My favourite is working with the children’s books.

In other news, Tony has successfully passed his work trial at the Casey Group and has gained himself a contract – well done, Tony!!

Now for even more brilliant news…..I would like to congratulate Sufyaan who attended a 2 and a half hour interview yesterday for a job as a warehouse operative/picker for JD Williams. He only went and got the job!!! We are really proud of you Sufyaan and wish you every success this weekend when you start your new role!

Finally, I would like to welcome Oldham Council on board as a new placement provider. They have agreed to take one of our students Gary on a 3 month placement within their grounds maintenance team. Gary will be starting next week and his tasks will include maintaining and improving public garden areas.

Wow, what a week! Have a great weekend,

Daniel
Director of Employment & Co Head of Site at Medtia Square

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