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MP Praises WorkTaste Placement at King’s School

David Rutley, local MP for Macclesfield, recently visited King’s School to see first-hand their involvement in Rossendale Trust’s WorkTaste programme.

David met with Chris Ratcliffe, a Rossendale tenant who has been working in the school’s canteen and is a regular contributor to the Friday schedule, alongside King’s Head of Foundation, Mr Jason Slack.

The WorkTaste initiative taken forward by the Rossendale Trust allows businesses and community projects to host short workplace opportunities. The tenants who are adults with learning and physical disabilities are supported by trained Rossendale staff on a one-one basis, and the programme enables them to learn invaluable skills for their future, particularly in hospitality, retail, and production.

On the day, David had the opportunity to meet Chris and the wider catering team from Holroyd Howe to discuss the active role he takes in the school’s busy kitchen. David also had the chance to try some fresh shortbread biscuits baked by Chris that morning, which were also served to school staff and students.

This visit builds on David’s longstanding commitment to the Rossendale Trust and its initiatives. As Patron of the Trust, David helps champion the work of this much-valued local charity and during a previous meeting, he highlighted to Mr Slack the impressive work the Trust does locally. David expressed his gratitude for the school’s proactive support, and he was pleased to hear that the school are looking to expand the programme with the addition of more placements.

The meeting also provided the opportunity for David to catch up with Mr Slack and to hear more about the school’s ongoing engagement with other local community groups.  Several Macclesfield organisations, including the Scouts and several sports clubs, benefit from the school’s positive support in the wider community, including use of its facilities and sports hall.

More information on WorkTaste and how to sign up to the programme, can be found using the following link: 


Speaking after the visit, David said:

"It’s impressive to see the WorkTaste programme in action at King's School, which shows how targeted support and dedicated local partnerships can have a positive impact. It was great to hear that Chris’s favourite day of the week is Friday when he participates in WorkTaste, and it’s clear this programme is making a real difference. I would encourage other local businesses in our area to get involved to help ensure that more, invaluable work placement opportunities are made available.”

Pictured - David Rutley MP at King's School.

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