Search is on for students to join one-of-a-kind education course in Great Yarmouth and Gorleston

Phillip Richards, now a health care assistant at the James Paget University Hospital. Picture: submitted Phillip Richards, now a health care assistant at the James Paget University Hospital. Picture: submitted

Monday, March 24, 2014
8:43 AM

A unique job placement scheme, which aims to help young adults with learning difficulties, is recruiting for its next intake.

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Georgia Neslen in her dream job with the X-ray team at the James Paget University Hospital. Picture: submitted
Georgia Neslen in her dream job with the X-ray team at the James Paget University Hospital. Picture: submitted

Project Search - a partnership between Great Yarmouth College, the James Paget University Hospital (JPUH) and Remploy - is hosting an open evening for potential new students, aged 17 - 24, later this month.

The education programme is designed to give entry-level students the opportunity to learn more about the world of work, develop employability skills and to experience real life work placements.

And it already has several success stories under its belt, with many students going on to full-time employment.

Phillip Richards, who progressed to Project Search from the Step Up course at Great Yarmouth College, successfully completed three work placements at the JPUH and impressed staff with his willingness to learn new skills and excellent work ethic.

Following his application and the hospital selection process, he landed a job as a health care assistant.

Georgia Neslen, meanwhile scooped her dream job in the X-ray department and also completed Healthcare Assistant training.

The former Ormiston Venture Academy student said: “I find it so interesting. I collect the patients and help them prepare for X-ay, scan their information into the computer, scan cassettes. It is brilliant.”

The five-day-a-week course takes place on site at the JPUH where the young recruits take part in three work placements in a range of departments including domestics, logistics, catering, pharmacy, radiology and housekeeping.

They also take part in classroom sessions at the college.

Remploy Employment Advisor Shaun Evans, who supports the students in their placements, said: “Project Search has a proven track record in providing young adults with realistic work placements, and the opportunity to develop a range of relevant skills related to the work environment.

“I have witnessed first hand students becoming more proficient and independent in work and in their daily lives.”

College tutor Cassie Clarke added: “Being based in the workplace at all times significantly increases the level of support we can offer the student.

“In terms of personal development, increased confidence and independence it is fantastic.”

■ The open evening is being held on Tuesday, March 25 at 6pm in the JPUH boardroom. Anyone interested in attending should confirm attendance by calling 01493 453017 or emailing c.clarke@gyc.ac.uk

Application forms are available from the college on 01493 419271 or from the hospital on 01493 453017.

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