Happy New Year!

2016-01-06 08:50:13 | Uncategorized

MINT reopened this week after our festive break (and one too many chocolates for most of us) and we are now well and truly back into the swing of things. 2016 holds exciting things for us and we can’t wait to get stuck in!

In February we have our Admin and Customer Service Pre-Employment projects starting for which we’ll be taking applications in the next few weeks. We are bringing some great new employers on board who will be able to give our young people valuable work experience. Later in the year we will run two more Customer Service projects as well as projects for those interested in care, retail and hospitality. Our newest members of the team, Andrew and Chelsea, will be helping to run their first MINT Pre-employment projects this year too which will bring a new angle to the sessions and undoubtedly some inspiring new ideas.

Our workshops, which are attended by the majority of our young people, are continuing and we are pleased to still be working with the NHS, the British Red Cross, Santander and Norse. We are also looking at building new links with employers to get involved in the workshops as this is something our young people have highlighted that they particularly enjoy.

We are looking forward to being able to offer function skills sessions in Maths and English from the end of January. These will be available to any of our young people who feel they would benefit from achieving their functional skills. This will give our job coaches a new opportunity to supporting teaching in this area, and we’re really pleased to be able to add this string to our bow.

This year we are also working closely with College on some of the traineeships they are running. At the end of 2015 we supported on the BBC Digital Traineeship and this year have two young people on the NHS Traineeship, doing work placements with the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital. Traineeships are an excellent way for young people to get experience in the workplace and prepare them well for employment. They also give them a chance to develop team building skills and their confidence.

As always we are dedicated to maximising sustainable job opportunities for our young people and are very pleased with the number getting into work (as well as getting seasonal and temporary employment) so this is something we are passionate about continuing throughout 2016.

We look forward to welcoming you into MINT soon.

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