Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust are winners!
Bradford Teaching Hospitals has walked away with a top prize at an awards ceremony in the city for its ground-breaking Project SEARCH.
Bradford Teaching Hospitals has now scooped the award for Best Practice in Employment of Disabled People in new awards set up by Bradford and District Disabled People’s Forum, supported by Sovereign Healthcare and Easier Access.
Lorraine Cameron, head of equality and diversity and Ruth Reid, human resources manager picked up the award at this year’s Easier Access – people can make a difference event in Bradford’s City Park.
“I’m absolutely thrilled that the hospitals have won this award,” said Lorraine. “One of the biggest barriers to employment is the recruitment process which disadvantages people with learning difficulties. If faced with an interview against other non-disabled candidates, people with learning difficulties are much less likely to get the job. We won this award because we have changed our recruitment practices to make it fairer for our Interns to get paid employment with us when the programme finishes.
“That’s why Project SEARCH makes such a difference to these young people’s life chances as it supports them to move towards paid employment, and boosts their confidence so they realise they can do a job as well as anyone else.”
Bradford Teaching Hospitals has, to date, employed eight Project SEARCH graduates, with this number set to increase over the coming months.