WHAT IS A SUPPORTED INTERNSHIP?
Supported Internships are for young people aged 16 – 24 who have a Statement of Special Educational Needs or an Education Health and Care Plan who want to move into employment and need extra support to do so.
HOW DO SUPPORTED INTERNSHIPS WORK?
- They are unpaid work placements lasting 6 months to a year with a view to paid work at the end.
- Interns spend four days a week with the employer and one day in class learning relevant workplace skills.
- Hours are negotiated with the employer.
- Interns are assigned a Job Coach who will support both them and the employer throughout the programme.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS TO YOUNG PEOPLE?
- Develops more independent young people who are less dependent on their parents/carers.
- Gets young people onto a pathway to gain sustainable employment.
- Develops workplace skills within the relevant sector.
- Helps improve wellbeing and mental health.
- Provides a positive contribution to their community.
- Increases social integration.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS TO EMPLOYERS?
- Diversifying the work force is proven to boost morale.
- Increased productivity and enhanced motivation.
- Increased staff retention.
- Free recruitment and specialist job matching service.
WHAT SUPPORT DO THE JOB COACHES PROVIDE?
FOR THE INTERN:
- Work in partnership with the Interns to identify their skills, interests and abilities.
- Source suitable placements from our network of employers that best match the Interns.
- Provide on the job support for Interns and employers.
- Carry out health and safety checks of the placements.
- Complete monitoring and evaluation of placements to review progress.
FOR THE PARENT/CARERS:
- Receive regular updates from the Job Coach on the Interns progress.
- Support to address any concerns or barriers.
- Access to information, advice and guidance on welfare benefits.
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