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Our Supported Employment Team enables Pete to pursue his career

Discovery Latest
30 November 2018

“After all I have been through, my hard work has paid off. I am looking forward to what my future at the hospital will bring.” Pete, Project SEARCH apprentice

After failing his degree course, Pete spent a year looking for work. He struggled to secure permanent work without support and, instead, volunteered at a mobility shop in Taunton. Although he tried hard, none of the roles he secured led to permanent paid employment

Pete needed to start believing in himself again. A break came when he heard about Project SEARCH, a course enabling young people to spend a year with an employer as an intern, gaining the skills, experience, knowledge and confidence to move into the world of employment.

Project SEARCH was developed in Cincinnati in 1996. Today the program has been successful across Canada, Australia, Europe, England and Scotland. Musgrove Park Hospital is the second employer in Somerset to work with Project SEARCH interns, in partnership with Bridgwater and Taunton College (the training provider) and Discovery, who provide Employment Co-ordinators (acting as job coaches) from their Supported Employment Team.
Pete says, “Abi, my Employment Co-Ordinator from Discovery has been invaluable with helping me secure this apprenticeship. She has helped me to contact the relevant people who offered me this apprenticeship to get a start date and helped me ask the questions I needed to understand.”

Pete applied and was accepted onto the internship, successfully re-taking his GCSE English. With hard work and dedication, Pete completed the non-medical parts of the Care Certificate and worked in three different rotations within the hospital: Clinical Coding, IT Service Desk and Administration for Patient Flow and Security. Since his internship, Pete was offered an apprenticeship within Sterile Services. He had a two day trial, but he was unsure if this was the right job role for him.

The Project SEARCH Team asked Pete to speak at the information evening for new interns, and again at a team brief to encourage more departments to work with the team. This was a real confidence boost for Pete and he excelled at public speaking. After the Executive team saw Pete’s speech, Hayley Peters (Chief Nurse at Musgrove) was so impressed with his presentation that she contacted the Project SEARCH team to discuss another possible apprenticeship role for him – Apprentice to the Executive Team at Musgrove! Pete was truly overwhelmed by this.

Now, Pete is due to start his apprenticeship, and is really excited for his future at the hospital

Pete’s mum Cath said “For the first time since Pete left school, we feel he is receiving positive input with the support he needs to be able to build his confidence and abilities towards finding suitable, meaningful employment”

And rightly, the last words should go to Pete: “When I got told that the Executives wanted to find work for me in the hospital, I was over the moon and felt very proud, knowing that my speeches had an impact on people…”
To find out more about how our Supported Employment Team at Discovery works, please contact Alex Seddon on alexandra.seddon@discovery-uk.org and if you want to support people to get more from life, why not find out more about joining the team as an Employment Co-Ordinator? Check out our current vacancies on our careers page