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Active Tameside shortlisted as finalists for ‘Best Workforce Initiative’ at APSE Service Awards
Tuesday 11th July 2017 @ 10:14 by Mark Phillip

Active Tameside has been shortlisted as a finalist at this year’s APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) Service Awards, in the ‘Best Workforce Initiative’ category. Over 310 submissions were received by APSE, with over 100 organisations taking part from all over the country.

Active Tameside survived the rigorous selection process and will find out if they have won the award at the presentation evening, which will be held at The King’s Centre in Oxford on Thursday 7th September.

The initiative that got Active Tameside shortlisted is ‘Championing workforce diversity through introducing a Supported Internship programme’. The Supported Internship coaches young people, aged 16-24, with a disability or additional needs, into employment. The programme is partly funded by Active Tameside, Pure Innovations, Tameside College and Tameside Council.

The focus of Active Tameside’s service team was to change the perceptions of how much the young people on the programme were capable of. One of the biggest successes of the programme was breaking down barriers and changing attitudes towards the potential that these young people possess.

The programme has increased the proportion of adults with a disability in employment across Tameside, moving the Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework from below the national average, to above the national average. In the first year of the programme, 80% of the interns moved into paid outcomes (a 30% over-achievement).

As a result of the Supported Internship programme, Active Tameside has created a workforce that reflects the diverse range of customers which they serve and the community in which they are based. The programme will continue at Active Medlock in 2018.

APSE is a not for profit government body that works with over 300 councils throughout the UK, to promote excellence in public services. APSE specialises in local authority frontline services and hosts a network for service providers, including leisure and other areas.