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Unify launches internship for young people with disabilities

Published 9th August, 2021 by Neil Nixon

Unify launches internship for young people with disabilities

FM venture, Unify by Bruntwood, is supporting people with disabilities and from disadvantaged groups to enter the industry with the launch of a new supported internship programme.

Working in partnership with social impact organisation Pure Innovations, which supports disabled people to achieve independent lifestyles, Unify will offer up to four internships per year, arming people with three months’ experience with the potential to be offered permanent roles at the organisation.

Operating out of Bruntwood SciTech’s Citylabs in Manchester, Pure Innovations approached Unify in December 2020, looking for placements after many of its work experience programmes dried up during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Experiencing a surge in demand for its cleaning and facilities management services, Unify immediately responded, offering a week-long work trial to Pure Innovations candidate Jamie Read. Successfully completing his trial, Read, who has a learning disability, has now been in permanent employment with Unify since March this year.

Unify, which is working towards becoming a Disability Confident Employer, has since welcomed its next intern from Pure Innovations to the group in April.

Photo shows, from left, Shanon Parker, senior employment officer, Pure Innovations, Jamie Read, cleaning team member, Unify, and Peter Lee, area cleaning manager, Unify.

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