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Another Busy Week…


It has been another busy week here at Future Finders and it is great to see all of our students engaging in their placements and at College.

This time of year, there always seems to be a gentle shift in the way students begin to look at their futures. One of the best parts of my job is those moments when students seem to kick it up a gear, their aspirations are at the heart of the decisions they are making and begin to realise that anything is possible if they work hard, especially when they see those from within the group that have already achieved their goals.

They begin to focus on what they want to do and how they are going to get there. In previous blogs, we have always done a bit of an overview of what all students get up to over the week, but we have decided to go back to blogs of old, where for a few weeks, we will be focusing on one student and give you an insight in to ‘A Day in the Life of….’.

This week, we will start with Josie. Josie works at quite a few placements in and around her local area and has settled in well over the past few weeks to not one, but three placements.

Her working week is slightly different to others in the group as Josie also goes out on placement on Friday at Delph Library – which shows her commitment to her future. So, for now, I will hand over to Josie, so she can let you have an insight into what she gets up to.

A day in the life of Josie Sedgwick at the Reclamation Rooms Café

As part of Josie’s Employability placement we discussed the many new skills she has learned and the tasks she completes every day. Here is Josie’s day in her own words:

“I arrive at the Café at 10am and put my belongings in the back room to keep them safe and then I put on a clean apron and wash my hands. I refilled the sugar pots and serve some breakfast to customers where they are sitting. I wipe down the dresser box where the clean cutlery, napkins, pots, and sugar are kept. I check if some pots need doing washing and wash them and then dry them and put them away in the right place. I chop up some red onions, red peppers, yellow peppers, cucumber, and cherry tomatoes for the house salad, I put a lid on the container then put a sticker on it to say what it is and the date to say when it was made and put it in the fridge. Then it is busy again, so I collect dirty pots and do some more washing up and putting away to keep the kitchen clean and tidy. We get our lunch at 12.30pm until 1pm and I get a coffee with cream on top to have with my sandwich. When we have finished, I check the café again to see if there are any more pots and wash them and then put them in the dishwasher, this makes them clean. I do lots of different jobs in a day and it keeps me busy.”

Well done, Josie, keep up the excellent work!

Future News. As mentioned in last week’s blog that we have had a new placement provider for some of our learners – Danielle and Grace – and they are working at Age UK in Bury. They are doing amazing, but I will leave this until next week for you to find out in their ‘Day in the Life’ about what they get up to!

In other news, we had a visitor this week, Alan called in to see us and catch us up on what he has been up to.

Here he is in his new uniform…



Lewis has been working at our New Bridge School site for the past few weeks within the sports team, developing his understanding of supporting sporting activities within a school environment and he is reporting only good things! Alongside this, Lewis has been offered a job working with the Disability Sports Team delivering football sessions on a Thursday at a local mainstream secondary school. They will be supporting him in achieving his Level 1 Coaching, applying for his DBS, and hopefully increasing the sessions that he will be delivering at other schools within the local area – Well done Lewis!

Zulaika has been on placement at Oldham Library since the start of the academic year and always showed her enthusiasm in wanting to work here on a more permanent basis. In working with Zulaika and her family, Zulaika applied for a volunteer role at the Oldham Library just before Christmas and today she went for her interview – and she was AMAZING! Using all her knowledge that she had learnt whilst she has been there, she answered all their questions clearly and gave examples of what she has been doing and what she has learnt. Following the interview, Zulaika was offered a volunteer role, initially for 1 day a week. They have also offered Zulaika the opportunity to work with the children’s groups that they run at the library on a weekly basis, reading stories, singing nursery rhymes. We will have to work with them for Zulaika to get her DBS to work with the children – but this is AMAZING news for Zulaika!

What a fabulous end to the week, please do enjoy whatever you have got planned.

Best wishes

Scott Mckeown

Head of New Bridge College


Future Finders Employability College
Pennine House, 77 Union Street
Oldham, OL1 1JZ

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