Widening Participation

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We take a positive and proactive approach to working with members of our local communities. It’s an important part of developing a workforce for the future. We are invested in making the Trust a welcoming, supportive and accessible place to work. Our Widening Participation Team is at the forefront of this work. They work hard to provide advice, guidance and support to local people.

The team’s remit ranges from vocational placements, pre-employment programmes and internships, through to the Greater Manchester NHS Careers Engagement Hub, which provides information about NHS careers across the region. Crucially, they deliver programmes to help us attract and recruit local people to our vacancies, and they work closely with local schools, colleges and organisations to widen participation and access to our educational and career opportunities.

Supported Internship Programme

This year-long programme is for people between the ages of 18 – 24 who have a learning disability. You will complete three placements that match your interests, while developing work skills and gaining an employability based qualification. We also support you in securing a job after the programme. Find out more by contacting: employability@mft.nhs.uk

Pre-Employment Programme

This challenging and rewarding programme offers people who want a career in health and social care the chance to develop skills and work experience and to opportunity to begin their career with MFT. If you’re successful in gaining a place on the programme, it includes four weeks of accredited training, plus five weeks work-based training at the Trust, with shadowing and work experience. What’s more, you’ll also gain on-going support with job searching and interview skills. Roles are available in both clinical and non-clinical areas. Find out more by contacting: employability@mft.nhs.uk

GM NHS Careers & Engagement Hub

The Trust is host to the Greater Manchester NHS Careers & Engagement Hub; this is a great place to start your journey into a career in the NHS. The Hub provides advice, guidance and signposting to a whole host of opportunities and resources that will support you in your career choices. Find out more by visiting: http://gmcareershub.nhs.uk

Support for members of the Armed Forces

In 2019, MFT signed the Armed Forces Covenant, in 2021 we were named a Veteran Aware Trust by the Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance (VC HA), and obtained a silver award from the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme and are working towards Step Into Health accreditation.

Potential employees who are from an armed forces backgrounds can benefit from the following opportunities:

  • Awareness amongst our recruiting managers of skill and experiences you can bring
  • Our armed forces network for staff who identify as members of the Armed Forces Community in all fields (Veterans, Reservists, CFAV, Spouses/Relatives).
  • 10 days paid leave for training days for Reservist members of staff
  • Support with the recruitment process

Find out more by contacting: armed.forces@mft.nhs.uk