Police and Crime Commissioner, Tony Lloyd, visited the Abraham Moss Centre in Crumpsall yesterday (20 December) to meet a group of local residents who are participating in a unique programme, run by The Manchester College, which helps unemployed people gain access to employment opportunities in the health care and social care sectors.
The Single Ticket programme, set up by The Manchester College in partnership with local authorities and regional NHS trusts based in Manchester and Salford, is a one year, full-time learning experience that allows participants to gain work-related skills and a national Apprenticeship qualification by completing four separate 12-week work placements in health and social care. Participants are paid a minimum wage whilst they train and are prepared for employment in all areas of health care and social care.
The unique programme gives participants the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in a wide variety of specialities, which range from mental health and learning disabilities, to care of the elderly and childcare, to drug and alcohol misuse.
Greater Manchester Police have been involved with the College’s Single Ticket programme for almost a year now, contributing to the induction course. Recently the partnership has developed with the ‘Ticketers’ now going on placement with GMP in the Safeguarding Unit, which deals with domestic violence and childcare issues.
Speaking of his visit, Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd, said:
“It was great to have a lively discussion with people who have committed their future to the health and social care profession.
“Everyone knows that building better communities is about working in partnership and as much as this involves the police and criminal justice partners, those who are working to improve the health and wellbeing of local people also play a vital role.
“Having a worthwhile exchange of views is an important part of the course and equally I benefit from these viewpoints as well.”
Single Ticket was established to address the problem of worklessness in areas such as Cheetham and Broughton in Greater Manchester, and this is the fifth group of participants who have completed the programme.
Jack Carney, Principal at The Manchester College, said: “The Single Ticket programme was developed with a wide network of partners across the health and care sector in Manchester and Salford, and we are delighted to now be working with Greater Manchester Police. Through participation in the programme, the learners have the opportunity to gain skills in both health care and social care, as they develop into well-informed potential employees with multi-disciplinary skills and knowledge.”
The Manchester College is the largest General Further Education College in the UK and Europe.
The College currently offers education and training to over 80,000 students, delivered by 5,500 staff, and covers vocational sixth form education, A Levels, Apprenticeships, work-based learning, foundation learning, adult education, offender learning, higher education, and corporate training.
The Manchester College has 17 sites across the city of Manchester plus a national profile through its offender learning and MOL divisions. The College is the market leader in offender learning in England and a significant deliverer of flexible, or blended, learning around the country.