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This study programme is designed for 16-18 year olds only (age 19-24 for students with an Education, Health and Care Plan).

Please visit our Adult Education, Degrees and Employer section for alternative courses.

About the course

For young people with an EHCP who are ready to engage with an employer.

In most cases, these young people will have already completed a programme at West Suffolk College which has helped them to prepare and become 'ready to engage' with an employer.

Supported Internships provide an opportunity for students to take on job roles and responsibilities and work as part of a team in fully functioning workplace settings with the support of an Employability Coach.

Students on a Supported Internship will explore, develop and apply the skills to:

  • Take on a range of job roles and responsibilities.
  • Work positively with co-workers towards shared goals and outcomes.
  • Become more confident and independent in a variety of workplace situations.
  • Work through problems and reach solutions.

Employability Coaches will be aiming to gradually reduce the support needed by an Intern over the duration of their placement in order to prepare the Intern to be as independent as possible in the workplace. Interns may go on to gain paid employment or an Apprenticeship after completing a Supported Internship.

Entry requirements

  • Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
  • Previous completion of a programme which has helped prepare for work and become 'ready to engage' with an employer or evidence of previous and sustained work experience with positive employer feedback.
  • Entry requirements for all Supported Learning Pathways will include assessment of previous and current behaviours to evaluate any impact on safety in group learning situations/ workplace settings.
  • What you'll learn (core modules)

    A Supported Internship consists of one day in college which focuses on building your employability skills and making progress towards your work-related learning goals and two days spent off site working with an employer in the workplace. Depending on the needs of the employer and the student, work placements may be supported by a dedicated Employability Coach. Work placements are matched to your own interests and career aspirations where possible.

    Benefits, skills and character strengths

    Your Employability Coach will be aiming to gradually reduce the support you need at your work placement in order to prepare you to become as independent as possible in the workplace.

    Where is the course delivered? (facilities/classrooms)

    On site college classes for Interns will take place in Minden House, which is designed to offer a safe, supportive and inclusive environment for students with SEND.

    Off site work placements will take place in the Intern's workplace setting.

     


    Where will the course take me?

    Interns may go on to gain paid employment or an Apprenticeship after completing a Supported Internship.

    I'm interested. What should I do now?

    Please contact the Supported Learning Team directly. Amanda O'Neill will be able to answer any questions you may have: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01284716565

    Days & times

    Date(s) to be confirmed


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