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Live and Work scheme (LSW initiative in partnership with local NHS Trusts)

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Organisation St Basils
Address Heath Mill Lane Deritend
B9 4AX
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Phone 0121 772 2483
Accessibility details Paid Apprenticeship - Young people applying for this scheme must have an entry level 3 qualification in Maths and English. But we can support any young person who doesn’t have these qualifications to achieve them.
Pre-Apprenticeship Course - Young people interested in this scheme should speak to their Support Worker and then email Tolaya Johnson via

Our ‘Live and Work’ project is all about helping young people take that final step to independence. At this project young people live in high quality, student style accommodation. A staff member is on site during set hours through the week and they offer support to young people when called upon. But young people can live independently and earn their own money through an Apprenticeship scheme with the National Health Service (NHS).

The Live and Work scheme is a truly innovative scheme, giving 27 young people aged 16-25 from both Sandwell and Birmingham somewhere safe and affordable to live, as well as employment nearby. This gives them the opportunity to access a wide range of employment options and gain some experience, helping them onto the career ladder.


The accommodation for the Live and Work scheme is across the road from Sandwell General Hospital. Each young person has their own bedroom/living space. The kitchen, dining and some bathroom facilities will be shared between the 4 young people living in each flat.
Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust have leased the building to us for free, keeping service charges for young people to a minimum and making this a very affordable accommodation to live in.

Paid Apprenticeships:

Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust is a massive employer. It is not just careers in medical or the caring services on offer, they have a whole host of other roles too. Young people taking up these roles will have the opportunity to learn many skills that will be useful in a wide variety of other jobs including office or practical careers.

Once completed the Apprenticeship will give young people an NVQ Level 2 qualification. Young people will be able to apply for permanent jobs with the Trust or elsewhere.

Pre-apprenticeship course - The RISE programme:

To be accepted onto an Apprenticeship with the Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust at either Sandwell or City hospital sites, young people must go through an application and interview process. To prepare young people for this and give them the best chance of success, young people must complete an Apprenticeship employability course prior to the interview. The course, called the RISE programme, is held on site at the QE hospital in Selly Oak and takes place 3 days a week over a 5 week period. It will give young people a good grounding in:

The values employers look for
Preparation for the working environment
Transferable skills and CVs
Filling in the NHS application form
Practical interview practice

The course is mainly interactive group sessions with other St Basils young people. It is funded by Health Education West Midlands and delivered by University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. Lunch is provided and travel expenses reimbursed.
Course staff can also help with purchasing any ID or certificates that have been lost. Prior to the interview young people will also be taken by course staff to purchase appropriate interview clothes.

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Categories Housing advice & support,Employment, Education and Training,Youth activities
Gender both
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Last updated: Dec 20, 2018 11:19

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