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SB Connect Winter 2016

Project SEARCH Interns get going

Intern Daniel Murray enjoys work experience in the BGH mailroom

Eight young people with a learning disability started work experience at the Borders General Hospital (BGH) at the end of September as part of a 39-week employment programme.

They are supported by a job coach from the Council’s Employment Support Service and a tutor from Borders College, who support the interns and departments providing the work-based opportunities.They will rotate around various departments, including radiology, catering, child health, and training and development, with support provided on an individual, peer group and mentor level.

Intern Daniel Murray said: “We get a chance to try out different jobs and see if we like one better than another. I enjoy the variety as one day I’ll be helping to take people who have come into A&E down for an X-ray and the next I’ll be delivering the mail. This means I’m learning lots of new skills and meeting people all over the organisation.”

Jackaline Shields, Project SEARCH job coach, added: “It is early days for everyone but they have made an excellent and very encouraging start and should be very proud of how well they are doing.”

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