Students nominated at Great Ormond Street Hospital Staff Awards09 October 2017
Five of our students were nominated for an achievement award at the Great Ormond Street Hospital Awards as recognition for their engagement, determination and completion of their work placements this year.
The students, Sanjeedah, Soyfur, Andrew, Rashid and Ramlah, had been working at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) after linking up with Project Search, which is an initiative that aims to bring together learning centres and businesses in order to enable young adults with SEND (special educational needs and/or disabilities) to learn job ready skills with a goal to move into paid employment.
The students met comedian, Jo Brand, who was presenting the awards
Over the year they have gained skills and confidence which has enabled them to excel in their placements and develop important job skills. Sanjeedah, Soyfur, Andrew, Rashid and Ramlah have all now moved on from GOSH but each has developed transferable skills to take them into employment. Some of the things they are going on to include; working in retail in Camden, securing employment with OCS, continuing work for GOSH as a clinic assistant, as well as office administration and a potential job in catering through the Camden Local Authority.
Nikki Russell, their teacher said: “I am really proud to have been on this journey with Sanjeedah, Soyfur, Andrew, Rashid and Ramlah. It’s been great to have been able to teach the interns the necessary skills needed to help them to secure and sustain employment; each has gained a great deal of confidence, independence, work skills and shown that it is possible for a young adult with SEND to successfully transition into mainstream employment and I have enjoyed enabling them to showcase their skills to highlight their value and employability. My highlight of the year was the graduation in showing families, mentors, our partners, how big a journey they had been on and seeing the enjoyment on the interns faces knowing they had achieved so much. The theme tune I chose was Hall of Fame as they truly touched everyone they came across in their work placements and got to know and meet many new work colleagues and should be very proud of themselves.”
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