Former Newham College Student Gains Recognition at Barts Health NHS Community Awards
Following a successful year’s work placement at Newham General Hospital, former Newham College Focus on Employment student Paul Ciprian’s achievements have been recognised at the Barts Health NHS Community Awards.
The Focus on Employment Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) programme involved a supported internship, which led Paul to success in his current job.
The Barts Health NHS Community Awards are held annually to celebrate successful employment programs and the individuals who complete them. Barts Health delivers supported internships in partnership with Newham College, London Borough of Newham and Newham University Hospital. Paul participated in a year-long Programme at Newham University Hospital, named Project SEARCH, which provided support from his Newham College tutor, job coaches and mentors at the hospital. All interns are encouraged to apply for jobs after completing the programme and Paul secured a job within 10 months of completing Project SEARCH.
Paul also said:
"I always wanted to get a paid job, earn my own money and have a good life. My dream came true when I got a full time job as a linen porter at Newham hospital. That was the happiest day of my life - the day which changed my life forever. I made my family proud and became an independent person to spend or save my own money."
Paul’s tutor, Attiya Yasmin, who is extremely pleased about his student’s achievement said:
“Project SEARCH in its 4th year and we have many life changing and success stories. Paul stood in front of 100 people to tell his story. His parents wouldn't believe he could do that. During our regular employment planning meetings I have seen parents in tears of joy of seeing their disabled youngsters deliver presentations. I am absolutely honoured to be part of this programme with a philosophy of transforming individual lives".