Serco, alongside its NHS colleagues at NNUH, has supported the Norwich for Jobs programme since its inception in 2013 and works closely with local community partners such as The Prince’s Trust, Project Search and Jobcentre Plus to offer diverse work entry opportunities.
So far this year, the company has hosted a CV and interview skills advice session, two ‘About Us’ presentations, a work taster session and offered work experience placements. These activities have already resulted in three young people securing jobs at the hospital this year.
Chloe Smith MP, who has led and championed the programme since the beginning, recently visited the hospital to meet the Serco team and speak to a number of people who have benefitted from the initiative, ranging in service from a few weeks to years.
Ms Smith said: “The Norwich for Jobs project is very grateful for Serco’s longstanding support and commitment to Norwich young people who most need a chance.”
Chris Paul, Serco’s manager at NNUH added: “We are very proud to support Norwich for Jobs and our local community. Long-term unemployment has a huge social impact and proven hidden healthcare costs. As a responsible public services provider working alongside the NHS, as well as a large local employer, we want to do all we can to support those who might not always be given a chance to turn their lives arounds. It’s an honour to receive this Gold certificate and we very much hope to recruit many more ‘hidden gems’ as a result of this valuable programme.”