What we are doing
Among the employment initiatives that contribute to our corporate social responsibility agenda are:
Encouraging applications from the community
Through our partnership with the South Bank Employers' Group (SBEG) via their Waterloo Job Shop, we recruit a significant number of local people each year.
Roles include housekeeping assistants and administrative staff. With SBEG, we look for different ways to promote and encourage local employment.
The Government made a commitment to increase the number of apprenticeships within the public sector in 2009.
In 2010 we identified 120 apprenticeship opportunities over a number of clinical areas. Promotional events have also generated more than 90 apprenticeship opportunities for current employees.
How an apprenticeship helped Lee May.
Work placements for hands on experience
Students and job seekers are offered 2 week work placements to give them hands-on-experience in the workplace. This can help them to plan their (for those people still at school or college) and can improve a person's chance when applying for a job or courses.
In December 2009, this work received a highly commended Healthcare Recruitment Award.
How a work placement helped Ann Stroud.
Helping people with a disability into work
We provide work experience placements for people with a disability through our alliances with a specialist organisations Remploy, Status Employment and Royal London Institute for the Blind (RLIB).
Project SEARCH is an education programme designed to give students with learning difficulties/disabilities the opportunity to develop employability skills through real work experience.
The Department of Health ran 14 pilot sites in 2010/11 and were the only pilot in London. We provided work experience for 6 - 8 students with autistic spectrum conditions. Each student spent 36 weeks with us during the year, training in real work settings and completing up to 3 job rotations, supported by both a tutor and job coach.