The team that CARES about helping disabled people into work

An NHS recruitment team based in Ashton has scooped an award for going above and beyond to support disabled and disadvantaged people into employment.

Recruitment teamPennine Care's Recruitment and Retention Team were named overall winner of the Trust’s CARES Awards which recognise excellence.

The team worked with Remploy, based in Oldham, to develop and provide a two week training course. This aimed to build the skills and confidence of potential candidates so they can pursue a career in healthcare.

The course included a tour of adult inpatient mental health wards to give people a feel for the role, help with IT skills, interview preparation and guidance on required documents and references.

Pennine Care and Remploy are now looking to run quarterly courses to provide more opportunities for disabled people to find employment.

Tammy Graham, Human Resources Officer with Pennine Care, said: “Our team is delighted to be the overall winner of the CARES Award. We look forward to continuing to work with Remploy to help disadvantaged people find their ideal job.

“Some people had been unemployed for some time, so it’s great to see them build their confidence and skills to take the step back into work.”

Rob Knowles, Business Development Manager with Remploy, said: “I’ve worked for Remploy for ten years and this is the largest number of people I’ve moved into work in one go.

“I think that’s really testament to the Recruitment Team at Pennine Care and the efforts they’ve put into working with us.”

Thanks to their hard work, the team beat off stiff competition from eight other CARES Award finalists from across the Trust, after initially winning the Corporate Services category.

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