Faye Scott, 20 and from Oldham, had finished college but didn’t know what to do next. However, after contacting The Prince’s Trust, and taking part in a four-week Get into Hospital Services programme with the Northern Care Alliance, she is supporting patients as a porter.
“I was over the moon when I got a place on the course at Royal Oldham Hospital and spent my first week being mentored by staff, learning the computer systems, and helping with maintenance. It was a great introduction to how the NHS operates.
“The programme was so enlightening and I felt like it was the opportunity I had needed after a few months of unemployment. So, when the course was cut short due to COVID-19, I was obviously disappointed. But I knew it was for the best of patients, their families and colleagues.
“However, my luck changed on the very same day when the manager asked if I’d like to start work as a porter. I said yes and couldn’t believe it. Clearly colleagues had noticed my passion and my hard work was being recognised. That felt amazing.
“I started pretty much straight away and already feel positive about my future career with the NHS. When the pandemic calms down I am thinking of putting myself forward for a Facilities Management apprenticeship. There’s no stopping me now.”
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