WHAT IS A SUPPORTED INTERNSHIP?
¨ A partnership between an employer and a learning provider, supporting people aged 16-25 with a disability into paid employment.
¨ A hands-on training programme of around 12 months based mainly in the workplace.
¨ A training programme where both the employer and intern are fully supported by the college to ensure a positive experience for all.
¨ 3 days in the workplace and 2 days in college.
¨ Students come to college and then go to the work place OR where appropriate, travel training and bus passes are provided so that students can get to work themselves.
WHAT DO PARENTS/CARERS HAVE TO DO?
Not a lot! But please be supportive. Parents/carers need to encourage the young person and make sure if they access LEA transport that they apply for this for a five day provision.
College will set up the supported internship with the employer and apply for funding to support the young person and their needs. Assign a job coach to provide 1:1 support and where appropriate support with travel training.
WHO DO WE WORK WITH?
The college works closely with a range of business partners and so far have had internships at the UHNM Project Search, Hoppecke, Our Lady’s Catholic Academy, Shaw Trust Enterprises and Frontline Dance.
Like most young people our students are interested in everything from catering to horticulture, from administration to teaching assistant, from car sprayers to sports assistants. So whatever internship we are offered, we will match a student to the placement offered.
Interns are screened, trained and carefully matched to the job before they begin a placement. Interns are allocated a job coach at their place of work and they work with their job coach with the relevant amount of support.