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Saturday, 7 December

Getting a Mighty Helping Hand

Young people have been receiving assistance from Mitie to get into work at St George’s Hospital.

The FM company has been working with St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Tooting, London, to help young people with learning difficulties gain vital employment skills. 

Its healthcare cleaning team has been supporting three young people through Project SEARCH, an international training programme that is aimed at guiding young people who have learning difficulties and/or disabilities into paid employment.

The trainees on the project have been working in a variety of different roles at the hospital trust. While being overseen by experienced supervisors, they have completed tasks, such as washing up in the café, preparing food for the patients and delivering consumables to the wards.

As part of their training, the young people have also been working towards qualifications, e.g. Health and Safety in the Workplace Level 1, Food Safety Level 1 and training from the British Institute of Cleaning Sciences (BICs). They will now be taking these skills into the workplace and looking for employment opportunities. 

“Project SEARCH is a great way of networking between different departments in the hospital,” said Bethany Madigan, Project SEARCH Tutor, St George’s. “The range of departments we work in means the trainees have an opportunity to learn a variety of skills and meet all sorts of people.”

Picture:   Mark Wittich, Mitie’s healthcare director with some of the young people the company has helped through Project SEARCH, an international training programme for those with learning difficulties and other disabilities.

Article written by Cathryn Ellis

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