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This has been a fantastic week for me, as I have been able to spend time with many of our young people who are on work placements and internships across Oldham and Greater Manchester. In September we introduced a new ‘Employability Matrix’ across the New Bridge Group which supports our young people to access work placements or internships. The Employability Matrix covers 5 areas:

  • ‘Preparing for Working Life’ for young people on work placements within the Group
  • ‘Experiencing Working Life’ for young people on work placements with local businesses across Oldham
  • ‘Pre-Internship’ for young people on work placements for 2 days or more per week
  • ‘Bridging the Gap’, our one year internship course based at the Royal Oldham Hospital or Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU)
  • ‘Future Finders’, our one year post-19 internship based at Medtia Square, where students participate in full time work placements for one year at businesses across Oldham including Premier Inn, Oldham Leisure Centre, Oldham Plastics, Oldham Library and many more.

It is absolutely amazing that half way through the year, we are now offering 111 placements each week to young people within our Group. These young people are supported by a fantastic team of job coaches who really do ensure that the young people gain the best possible experience from every placement. This week I have had the pleasure of visiting our young people at The Premier Inn, the Royal Oldham Hospital, MMU, The Atrium Café, Oldham Library, Oldham Sports Centre and more. As always it is wonderful to see our young people having a positive impact within a work environment and being placed within the heart of our community in public facing roles. A huge thank you to all of our job coaches and pastoral teams who do such a wonderful job in making these placements happen. Here are a few pictures that I have picked up on my travels, can you spot where the young people are working?

Gemma, the job coach who supports our Future Finders, has sent in this report:

‘This week students have continued their placements at Oldham library, Oldham leisure centre, Premier Inn, Age UK, the Atrium café and Plastics Direct. Aisha has had a fantastic week and is now travelling independently to and from Plastics Direct. Sam is also becoming more independent while working within the library..

Abdul is shining in the café and has begun making sandwiches, fruit salads and preparing sandwich fillings..

The hunt, however, for future placements and working interviews continues.

All the students have also been undertaking various classroom tasks including Maths, English and Employability. On Thursday they were set a task to design and build a structure out of cocktail sticks and sweets. This nicely incorporated Maths, English and Employability in the researching, planning, designing, building and reviewing of the product. As a bonus, all the students had an amazing time..

At Horizons, Gary’s group have been participating in some anti-bullying workshops..

They also enjoyed a joint trip out to Hollywood bowl with Jeff’s group…

Hayley’s group have had lots of fun this week, the young people have really enjoyed their music session, sharing the instruments with one another and being very loud..

Neelam managed to go to Ability Wheelz which she enjoyed, a rare treat due to the hours she normally attends..

Needless to say they all enjoyed making their cheesecakes..

..especially the tasting part, as Cameron’s Dad can testify..

The young people also had a great time using the interactive games on the big screen this afternoon..

Emma and Shelley’s groups had a fantastic first trip to Extreme Air – it certainly looks like brilliant fun..

They also enjoyed some holistic therapy to calm down and relax after all that bouncing..

Also, as promised, a quick update on their Chitty Chitty Bang Bang..

Jeff’s group have been having lots of fun this week honing their entrepreneurial skills! They have been creating some fantastic Valentine’s day blocks..

Will has been in charge of wrapping for delivery and I believe that 10 sets have gone down to school to be sold their to all their romantics! Mr Quinn, these are a sure fire hit for your wife this Valentine’s!

Now over to Mrs Chappell with an update from our resident thespians, Lumenus…

Lumenus Key Stage 5 have a sneak peek to show you of their rap which they have written for their devised performance as part of Oldham Coliseum’s Secondary partnership project.

The students have given themselves superhero alter egos and the rap will introduce their ten minute performance. Let us introduce Giga Bane, Hydro Flame, Diamond Diva, Leopard Shadow, Pink Pretender and Microbe Megan.

The video will be available to view here later on Saturday, please check back then to see their rhymes and moves!

The piece is quickly taking shape and uses the students’ skills in drama, dance and music to pose the question, ‘What makes a superhero?’ Tickets are available to buy at £3 for the performance on the 6th March at the Coliseum, please click here for details.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend – I shall be spending mine with friends and a few vodkas to celebrate my birthday!

Director of Employment & Co Head of Site at Medtia Square

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