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Supported Internships

WHAT IS A SUPPORTED INTERNSHIP? 

supported intershipsSupported 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. 

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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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