Job outcome data for 2016-17 show that Sixteen Co-operative exceeded its goal of supporting 75% of our job seekers into positions of 16 hours per week or over. We are delighted by the news that 80% of our jobs were 16 hours plus.
This shows, once again, the importance of using evidence based supported employment approaches.
Hannah, one of the interns on the Into Catering Supported Internship, started her dream rotation this week. The rotation is in Sticky Fingers, a craft cake and bake house situated in Hanham, where all the delicious cakes are made on the premises. She is learning to make amazing cupcakes, gorgeous brownies and spectacular celebration craft cakes. For her it is truly a work experience made in heaven.
But there is no pain without gain and Hannah starts work by 7.30am, and this may get earlier, to help produce all the cakes needed for the shop.
Hannah is learning many things, one of which is that your dream job won't always be easy and starting work when the employer needs you may mean getting up early. But it will be worth it as Hannah is finding out for herself.
Meggie was on the Supported Internship called Into Catering. She really enjoyed her internship and especially loved her final work placement which was based at St Monica Trust. There she worked in the kitchen with the Head Chef Gareth, who was her work place mentor.
She fitted in well helping to prepare vegetables, serving food and learning new skills. The team were very supportive and made Meggie feel at home. Our Locality Manager Sheren Wyatt saw a real change in Meggie during her time with the Trust:
‘Since working with her on the Into Catering internship, I have seen Meggie's confidence grow, but it has really been at St Monica's that she has found her wings and has been encouraged to fly. The work placement at the Trust has been an amazing experience for Meggie.'
At the end of the internship programme however, Meggie was still a little unsure about getting a job. She felt wasn't quite ready for employment, but she didn't want to leave St Monica Trust. The team said that Meggie could stay so she started as a volunteer. During this time she has worked both in the kitchen and in front of house.
Meggie and her Dad hoped that one day she might get a job at St Monica Trust. This wish came true a few weeks ago, when Meggie was offered her a job as Catering Assistant.
Both Meggie and her Dad are so pleased that she now has her dream job.