NHS job opportunities for people with a disability in Wales
People with a disability or health condition in North Wales are being given unique employment opportunities within the National Health Service, as part of a partnership between Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) and Remploy Cymru, the disability, employment and skills specialist.
The unique programme helps people with barriers to work progress towards a job in administration, food preparation, portering or train for a support worker role.
Seven Remploy candidates are currently enrolled in the programme which is being offered across North Wales in areas with real job vacancy opportunities, so individuals stand a better chance of moving into employment after their placement.
Candidates are supported by Remploy throughout the programme, from their first ice breaker session finding out about the different roles available, to completing their NHS online training and getting a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. On completion of the programme they are then guaranteed an interview when an appropriate role becomes available.
Tracey Amos, Senior Workforce Modernisation Officer at BCUHB, said: “We are seeing participants' confidence grow with employment opportunities internally within the NHS and externally as they gain transferable skills. The programme offers a guaranteed interview for those who have successfully completed the programme and meet the essential criteria for the role. I look forward to continue working with Remploy and am excited to see further success for participants."
She added: “The key to the success of the programme is through building relationships with social enterprises and our internal managers who offer placement support to the participants.”
Dave Lyons, Remploy Regional Account Manager, said: “We offer candidates an in-depth process with excellent online training as well as a thorough onsite induction. The key focus for us is to support the individuals on the programme, while also helping them with possible future employment opportunities with the NHS within their placement specialism.”
Any candidates that are interested in becoming support workers take part in an additional five day training course to brief them about working with patients, giving them good experience to help them progress into employment in the future.
Mandy Hughes, Workforce Modernisation Manager at BCUHB added “We are committed to providing supported work placements to those furthest from the job market through this supported volunteer work programme. The Health Board is working hard with a number of partners who support us with this aim and Remploy is a key partner in delivering the successful programme."
For more information on the programme, contact Dave Lyons on 07880 130482 or email firstname.lastname@example.org