We are very excited that one of the very first Project Search interns with the Project Search programme based at Bristol City Council, has now become a mentor to one of the current Project Search interns.
Kristian Hedges started Project Search in 2012 and, as one of the first 7 interns on the programme in Bristol, undertook placements in the Health and Social Care, Meals Service and Schools Admissions departments in the City Council. Supported internships are an ideal way to develop employment skills whilst undertaking a number of supported work placements matched closely to the skills and interests of the individual. Project SEARCH in Bristol brings together a partnership between Bristol City Council, Sixteen Co-operative Ltd and City of Bristol College.
Although most people go straight into paid employment from an internship, Kristian, with support from his Job Coach, went on to complete an apprenticeship in the Benefits, Admin and Business Support finance team at the Council before securing a full time paid role. He has now been working there for over 3 years.
Kristian’s suggestion to his Manager Julia that he was interested in becoming a mentor, helped to secure a placement in his team for Jade, one of the newest Project Search interns. Jade was really keen to work in an office and gain experience working in an admin role. Kristian helped Jade to settle quickly and become a valued member of the team by explaining things clearly and happily answering questions. She has received positive feedback from both Kristian and her Manager, who commented on what a great help she had been.
Sixteen currently supports four different support Internship Programmes in Bristol so if you are interested in offering a work experience placement to one of our interns or would like to know more about becoming a mentor, please get in touch.
Kristian is very clear that his own experience of Project Search has helped enormously in his role as mentor as he knows what it feels like to be just starting out on work placements. We hope that Jade’s future will be as rewarding at Kristian’s!
Sixteen is currently recruiting Job Coaches and Employment Support Workers in the Bristol and S Glos area.
For more information please see our recruitment page HERE
If you feel you have the skills, and desire to work with us please contact Sheren Wyatt for an informal conversation and for more details - firstname.lastname@example.org
We’d like to say huge congratulations to one of our Project SEARCH participants, who has just started an apprenticeship with Bristol City Council!
Sophie is going to be working as a Business Administration Apprentice within the Performance and Customer Engagement team of the Council’s Citizen Services Department.
The role will be many and varied and will include tasks like maintaining and updating databases, ordering goods, generating invoices, and arranging meetings.
Although Sophie had tried a number of different positions as part of her internship programme, including Childcare and Hospitality, it was really a placement at the ABS Planning and Building Regulations team at BCC that highlighted her brilliant organisation skills, focus and hardworking attitude and helped her decide that administration is a role that really suited.
We are really looking forward to continuing to work with Sophie as she settles in to her new role and getting the opportunity to see her flourish.
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.