In September 2019 Adam applied for the NHS Traineeship programme at Aintree Hospital. Adam attended an information session and was interviewed for an Administration placement. During interview it was identified that Adam may be more suited to a role within Laboratories as he had been interested in sciences whilst at school. At this time, Adam was working in a part time hospitality position, but was struggling with customer facing roles and wanted a back office occupation. Adam struggled in large groups and felt he would be better working in a small team.
In October, Adam was invited back to an Information session for Liverpool University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Adam was interviewed for a Medical Laboratory placement on the NHS Traineeship. Adam was successful and was offered a place on the November course, which was being delivered at Broadgreen Hospital. Adam was registered with Liverpool in Work at this time as he was now unemployed and signing on. Adam was supported with travel to help him attend the college course.
Adam completed the online application process, and followed the identity and reference checks alongside employability training and NHS Induction training. Once Adam completed all employment checks he was offered a placement start in Liverpool Clinical Laboratories as a Medical laboratory Assistant. Adam had never done this type of work before so it was a learning curve for him. In February Adam started an 8-week placement in the Clinical Chemistry department.
Unfortunately Covid-19 hit the world and Adam’s placement was cut short due to Health and Safety factors and all essential staff in LCL having to work on Covid-19 testing. Liverpool in Work continued to circulate vacancies to Adam for permanent laboratory vacancies having had some experience in this setting.
Adam says ‘I was back to square one and was applying for jobs, but without luck. Liverpool in Work sent me daily job vacancies by email. I was trying to get work at back of house or warehouse but with no luck. I had a job offer for a Facilities Management Assistant but did not hear back from them with a start date. I then applied and was interviewed for LCL in the virology department as an MLA but was unsuccessful. The man who interviewed me got in touch later on in the week saying that there may be a 3 month MLA position available for me, he just needed to get approval and asked me to get my references ready and be ready to answer any questions they may have. I completed my references and was contacted and offered a 17 month contract. Thank you to Liverpool in Work for your help over the past 7 months’
Liverpool in Work wish Adam the very best of luck for the start of a new career path in Liverpool Clinical Laboratories. Adam is waiting for a start date.