25 Nov

Another busy week has flown by here at Medtia, can you believe that we only have three weeks left before we close for the Christmas break?

In my last blog I talked to you about new opportunities for apprenticeships in the future and how we are continuing to forge links with local businesses. Just a week later we have yet more developments in this area! I am thrilled to inform you that one of our Future Finders interns has been successful in gaining a working interview at a new café in Oldham town centre. Brian has been working in the kitchens at The Premier Inn for the past term and as a result of gaining so many skills on this placement, he massively impressed his new manager in his interview yesterday. Well done, Brian and good luck with the working interview!

This week we also welcomed some of the management team from Oldham libraries. We are extremely excited to be working with the team – they have agreed to partner with us and are offering our young people 3 internship placements after Christmas. Roles will include shelving stock, administrative support and customer service! This is another fantastic new partnership for us which will hopefully lead on to paid work for some of our young people.

Now, whilst some of us have been working up a sweat at the Atrium café this week as we get busier and busier, others over at Horizons have been having a very relaxing time in their new yoga sessions led by Faye. As you can see, this new activity is proving very popular with young people and staff alike..

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Over at the Learning Centre, Hayley’s group have now just about recovered from John’s appearance last Friday during Children in Need day..

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They have wrapped up well and had a great time at Ability Wheelz..

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As usual, they have really enjoyed baking..

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..getting creative..

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..and messy..

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We’re pleased to say that they are also very good at cleaning up afterwards..

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It’s not all been hard work though, they’ve still found time for plenty of pampering and relaxation..

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The first floor at Medtia Square is becoming an industrial hub with a busy production line working to meet the demands of Digit4ll’s Christmas orders! I don’t know about Black Friday, we’ve had ‘Manic Monday’, ‘Ruby Tuesday’….you get the picture! They’re a busy bunch up there as Mr Bright reports…

This week Digit4ll have been really busy on the first floor with all kinds of projects on the go! Printing orders for canvases and t-shirts and filming out on location have been some of the key developments this week.

On Tuesday Reece, Luke and Sufyaan went to Oldham Leisure Centre to film some of the young adults on work placements there as part of the promotional video they are making for Future Finders..

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The three guys did brilliantly, setting up the video and audio equipment, recording the different places where Future Finders students work and interviewing the staff of OCL..

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All three IT pathway students really impressed me. Luke has now become a real role model for the rest of the students and doesn’t need any support whatsoever when doing any video production. Reece was responsible for sound for the first time, recording with a shotgun microphone and worked sensibly and maturely when called upon. Sufyaan wasn’t confident to begin with but showed real promise that if he is given a chance he will thrive. The shoot was a really successful one and once the Future Finders video has been edited we will launch it here first!

The promotional video is part of our New Bridge Productions enterprise which creates videos for all kinds of occasions – you can find samples of our work on our Vimeo page here.

Christmas is coming and that means one thing for our printing enterprise…a huge amount of orders! People love a family canvas as a present or a personalised mug as a stocking filler and this week has seen the start of our Christmas rush. All the students have their own personal role; Mitchell checks all the emails that are received..

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Afsana, James and Joshua help edit images, Luke and Tia print the orders, Jordan and Cameron pack and wrap the canvas prints and Brandon and Tom oversee all finances..

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I would like to say a huge thank you to Mr Slater who has been supervising the packing and exports team. All the students are working really hard in order to keep building their enterprise. They now have an added incentive as several of them are shareholders in the enterprise and they can see their hard work as a way of making some money by the end of the year..

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If you would like to know more about our products or you would like to purchase an item for Christmas or any other occasion, please get in touch via email to nbprinters@newbridgegroup.org

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This weekend I am off to London with my choir to see ‘School of Rock’ – I just hope they’re as good as our Thursday night rock band at Medtia! Have a great weekend,

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

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