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Future Finders & BTG (Bridging the Gap) 6.1.23

Hello! And welcome back! We hope you have had a fantastic Christmas break.

I am going to start the first blog of the year with amazing news and talk about Jake, who has been working at ‘The Range’ in Oldham. Before we broke up for Christmas, Jake has been and still is attending his placement at The Range. He has shown hard work, resilience, and sheer determination to succeed. All this has paid off as he has been offered a paid part time role as a sales assistant. The staff who have been working with Jake are very happy that he has achieved this, as they feel that he is already part of the team. Jake is over the moon and extremely proud of himself just like we all are. Over to you Jake…

‘’While working at The Range, I was a volunteer there for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays as part of my placement and I was able to make a good first impression to the staff and the customers. While I was there, I varied between helping Alan out in the warehouse, stocking items onto shelves and labelling the prices for them items if needed. During the Christmas holidays I offered to help the first week because I knew that it was going to be busy with Christmas shoppers. After that week, they said I can relax for the Christmas holidays and gave me a thank you card. After the Christmas holidays were over, I went straight back to The Range and they offered me a job because of how hard working and dedicated I was. I was ecstatic when I got told the news and now, I cannot wait to earn my own money with a job I’m happy doing.”

Some more amazing news I want to talk about is that Kai has also gained employment. Kai is one of our Future Finders students but has been attending placement at The Royal Oldham Hospital, part of the BTG pathway. Kai has been working in the catering department where he has shown amazing progression

Hayley who is the Job Coach at the hospital had this to say…

“DRUM ROLL please…………. Kai has paid employment!! We have an amazing announcement for Kai who now has paid employment as a kitchen assistant within the NHS at Tameside hospital. Kai has progressed so much throughout the years of being at New Bridge College and this is a testament to his hard work and efforts along his journey, the staff within the Royal Oldham Hospital who worked with Kai are all so pleased for him and wish him the best of luck in his new job. We are all immensely proud of you Kai and wish you all the best within your new role. You smashed it!!!”

Kai also wanted to take the opportunity and talk about how he is feeling with this new opportunity. Over to you Kai…

‘’I am feeling nervous that the next step in life is only a week away but I’m sure the future will hold good things for me, independence is something I am aiming for along with building on other skills in life I will need.’’

Not only have these two students done fantastically well, we are certainly not forgetting the others. All our other students have arrived back to college with amazing attitudes to work. We have that many to talk about and here I am giving a brief overview only, here we go…

Suhan is still working hard at the Toby Carvery covering 10,000 to 12,000 steps a day and Grace is volunteering at 3 different sheltered accommodations throughout the week supporting staff with a variety of tasks.

Peter has started his placement at Curry’s helping in the warehouse. Danny is smashing his placement in the kitchens helping to prepare food for the college students and staff.

Tayla is attending her placement at the ICC supporting the community nurses with different projects. Tyler is back in the kitchen at Brewers Fayre receiving high praise on how confident he is completing tasks to high standards. William is still working at Smokies as a kitchen porter and Lewis has continued to impress at TXL supporting the staff to deal with PPE products and the restoration of fire extinguishers in the warehouses…And breathe!

This week as we have merged the Future Finders blog with the Bridging the Gap Blog, Hayley our Hospital Job Coach wanted to give a further update with the other students she has been working with at The Royal Oldham Hospital.

“Joshua has returned to his placement of the post room to continue his hard work and learning the various post routes of the hospital. Joshua, who already works part time at evenings and weekends is raring to go and tells me “I’ve enjoyed my first few day’s back, I really like working in the post room and I am enjoying getting to know the routes for delivering and collecting. The first few days back have already been amazing, I have started two new rounds and it has been an adventure learning the new routes.

Shaun has started his new placement of working within the hospital kitchen. Shaun is really looking forward to this new placement and getting to know all the new staff team he will be working with. Shaun tells me “I’ve made a great impression on my first few days on the new team, and I am looking forward to learning new work skills in the kitchens, I’ve started doing tasks in the kitchen which take time and I am focused on getting to know people and learning what to do. I really like working at the hospital.”

With all that information I am going to wish you all a fantastic weekend, we will continue to keep you all up to date with the amazing achievements and news that is happening at the college.


Future Finders and BTG students and staff.


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