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Bridging the Gap
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5th June 2015

Bridging the Gap is a work based traineeship that supports young people with learning disabilities into employment.  Working in partnership with MMU and New Bridge School Oldham students from Melland High gain employability skills by working alongside MMU staff in a range of work location during three work experience placements.  Students learn a range of practical skills as well as the softer skills of self-confidence, communication and problem solving required to advance and progress in the modern world.

Bridging the Gap project 2014 – 2015



Placement September 2014 – to present

  • All Saints Grab and Go Coffee Shop. Assisting Catering Staff
  • Benzie Bldg Portering Duties
  • Cavendish Halls North Reception/Cleaning and General Duties
  • The Mail Room Post Round/General Duties.
  • Internship at The Lowry Centre Salford.   Working with the Media Crew.

During the Bridging the Gap project, Tyrone proved himself to be a great team player and a reliable and sociable young man, respecting all staff and his peers.

He always maintained a good work ethic and adapted well in all of his placements. He is an affable character, always inspiring to do his best and quickly learning the stringent schedules and procedures to complete his duties efficiently.

After completing his placement at MMU, Tyrone began a creative Internship at The Lowry, Salford. He is gaining project-based work experience in a creative environment and receiving mentoring and support from creative professionals.

To pursue and further his ambitions as a talented artist, Tyrone has enrolled on an Art Course at Stockport College, commencing September 2015. He successfully achieved a B Grade in GCSE Art.

He also holds the Duke of Edinburgh Award – Bronze and Silver.



Placement September 2014 – to present

  • The Business School (Facilities) Portering
  • The Art School Benzie Building Portering
  • The Business School (Facilities) Portering.

Eddie has made considerable progress whilst working on the Bridging the Gap project.

He has received excellent support and is now able to complete tasks independently, move around the campus confidently and recall where he has worked – reciting fluently which buildings he has worked in.

Responsibility for maintaining a clean and tidy environment daily, Eddie takes great delight in independently re-cycling the rubbish into the large Bins near the Loading Bay.

Eddie has embraced the opportunity to become part of the team of “Lads” enjoying practical activities and “working with his hands”. He has adopted a mature attitude when asking Staff to sign for parcels and other goods around the buildings.

During this year, Eddie enrolled on a Life skills course at Loreto College starting in September.

He is a well-known character around the campus, due to his caring and cheery disposition and most of all, his infectious laugh! Always willing to help others and learn new skills – Eddie has a great work ethic.



Placement September 2014 – to present

  • The Art School Benzie Bldg – Portering
  • All Saints Grab and Go Coffee Shop Assisting Catering Staff
  • Print Services – Assistant (Adhoc Duties)
  • Building Maintenance Services – General Maintenance Duties
  • The Mailroom (Ormond Bldg) General Duties, Independent Post Round (Delivery/Collections). Franking Machine under close supervision.

Dylan has excelled in all of his placements. He has demonstrated a mature and excellent attitude to work and has been highly commended by all Providers.

Dylan is enjoying all aspects of life at MMU, travelling independently and adopting great geographical knowledge of the Campus.

Always a willing and eager Student, Dylan has implemented an array of skills during his time at MMU and has executed the role of a Bridging the Gap Student with tremendous success! His literacy and vocabulary skills have flourished and he was nominated by the Staff from his 2nd Placement (Building Services), to appear in Mid April’s publication of Met Life. This was a fantastic achievement, boosting his confidence and self-esteem!

In September Dylan will be starting an Internship at the Manchester Royal Infirmary, which he is thoroughly looking forward to.