Taster course aims to ease chronic unemployment

The unemployed across North and North East Lincolnshire are being invited to
take part in an initiative to gain jobs and work experience with the NHS.

Following the success of a pilot scheme in Leeds, Yorkshire Forward, an
organisation which aims to help regenerate the area, is working with regional
partners in a move which should also benefit the local NHS trust.

Jobless applicants will take part in a ‘taster’ session through
JobcentrePlus lasting up to 20 weeks. This will give them an insight into
working for the Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Trust and the
types of jobs available.

Up to 200 people will have a chance to try out jobs such as receptionist,
admin/stores, general clerical, maintenance technician, blood collection and
pharmacy assistant in an effort to break the cycle of long-term unemployment.

The scheme’s organisers hope many will then take up full-time jobs, helping
boost recruitment within the NHS at the same time.

Simon Dunn, employability manager for the trust, said: "Providing
short-term access to work and training improves candidates’ job prospects gives
the NHS trust prospective new employees with the basic skills they need,
benefiting everybody involved."

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