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  • Is this course for you?

    Supported internships are a study programme aimed at young people (aged 16-24) with an education, health and care plan (EHCP) to gain experience in the workplace within a supported environment and provide a platform for the young person to further develop their skills and experience in a structured way.

    The supported internship programme is open to both internal and external applications. Previous learning level isn’t of crucial importance: suitable placements will be attempted to be sourced for the wide variety of learner ability levels and interests.

    This is seen as an exit course from college. Therefore, learners should have completed all they desired to at college/school before applying for this course.

  • Required qualifications

    Qualifications needed will be dependent on the learners aspirations and the companies that we are working with that current year.

    As a minimum we would look for learners to have Entry level 3+ in maths and English for them to be accepted onto the course.

    If you don’t have these grades, please see routes to vocation or routes to independence and employment as alternatives.

  • What skills will I develop?

    Learners on a supported internship are placed within a working environment and given a job role within the company (filling a current vacancy or a ‘job carved’ opportunity) where they will learn the skills and develop knowledge in their area of working like all the staff at that organisation. They will receive the training and induction process needed for them to work safely and have the same opportunities as the employees at the organisation (organisation dependant) while being supported by a college job coach. Learners will also be able to apply soft skills developed previously at college within the ‘routes to’ provision(s), such as communication skills, listening to others, taking on roles and responsibilities, self-management and development and applying them into the work environment. Learners will become more resilient and able to work under pressure, learning new strategies for improvement and coping to enable them to enter the world of work.

  • Careers

    The aim of the supported internship programme is for the learner to complete 1 academic year (10-12 months) on placement with one of our partner organisations partaking in specific job roles (1 for the placement or multiple, dependent on the learner’ and partner organisation). After the programme the aim is for the learner to be offered paid employment within that organisation. If this is not possible, the college holds annual jobs fairs in which the learners will be invited to and supported to discuss job opportunities with the companies present (who all have live vacancies).

  • Work experience

    Learners take part in the programme with one of our partner employers and spend up to 30 hours a week (organisation dependant) working in different areas to gain valuable experience with the support of an on-site college job coach. Interns are onsite at college one day a week to undertake their maths and English qualifications suitable to their level.

  • English and maths

    Learner dependant. Any learner with an EHCP must strive to achieve progression in their maths and English up to the age of 25.

    If a learner is currently working at a functional skill level of Entry level 1 to Level 1, they will complete their maths and English lessons within one of the ‘routes to’ group. If they have previously achieved a GCSE grade (or that is their next step) learners will be placed in an appropriate GCSE or functional skills level 2 group to assist and support their continued development in maths and English.

  • Other important information

    Learners should ideally be able to travel independently to and from the work placement (however this can be discussed). The one day a week at college will be at the campus closest to the learners’ home address.  

    Upon successful application/progression to a supported internship the team will be in touch to arrange a needs assessment for the learner with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to ensure the learner has all support (person or technology) to enable them to successfully complete the placement. This may take place over the summer period. 

  • Is this course for you?

    Supported internships are a study programme aimed at young people (aged 16-24) with an education, health and care plan (EHCP) to gain experience in the workplace within a supported environment and provide a platform for the young person to further develop their skills and experience in a structured way.

    The supported internship programme is open to both internal and external applications. Previous learning level isn’t of crucial importance: suitable placements will be attempted to be sourced for the wide variety of learner ability levels and interests.

    This is seen as an exit course from college. Therefore, learners should have completed all they desired to at college/school before applying for this course.

  • Required qualifications

    Qualifications needed will be dependent on the learners aspirations and the companies that we are working with that current year.

    As a minimum we would look for learners to have Entry level 3+ in maths and English for them to be accepted onto the course.

    If you don’t have these grades, please see routes to vocation or routes to independence and employment as alternatives.

  • What skills will I develop?

    Learners on a supported internship are placed within a working environment and given a job role within the company (filling a current vacancy or a ‘job carved’ opportunity) where they will learn the skills and develop knowledge in their area of working like all the staff at that organisation. They will receive the training and induction process needed for them to work safely and have the same opportunities as the employees at the organisation (organisation dependant) while being supported by a college job coach. Learners will also be able to apply soft skills developed previously at college within the ‘routes to’ provision(s), such as communication skills, listening to others, taking on roles and responsibilities, self-management and development and applying them into the work environment. Learners will become more resilient and able to work under pressure, learning new strategies for improvement and coping to enable them to enter the world of work.

  • Careers

    The aim of the supported internship programme is for the learner to complete 1 academic year (10-12 months) on placement with one of our partner organisations partaking in specific job roles (1 for the placement or multiple, dependent on the learner’ and partner organisation). After the programme the aim is for the learner to be offered paid employment within that organisation. If this is not possible, the college holds annual jobs fairs in which the learners will be invited to and supported to discuss job opportunities with the companies present (who all have live vacancies).

  • Work experience

    Learners take part in the programme with one of our partner employers and spend up to 30 hours a week (organisation dependant) working in different areas to gain valuable experience with the support of an on-site college job coach. Interns are onsite at college one day a week to undertake their maths and English qualifications suitable to their level.

  • English and maths

    Learner dependant. Any learner with an EHCP must strive to achieve progression in their maths and English up to the age of 25.

    If a learner is currently working at a functional skill level of Entry level 1 to Level 1, they will complete their maths and English lessons within one of the ‘routes to’ group. If they have previously achieved a GCSE grade (or that is their next step) learners will be placed in an appropriate GCSE or functional skills level 2 group to assist and support their continued development in maths and English.

  • Other important information

    Learners should ideally be able to travel independently to and from the work placement (however this can be discussed). The one day a week at college will be at the campus closest to the learners’ home address.  

    Upon successful application/progression to a supported internship the team will be in touch to arrange a needs assessment for the learner with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to ensure the learner has all support (person or technology) to enable them to successfully complete the placement. This may take place over the summer period. 

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  • Supported Internship

    Code: QXFESU

    Start Date: September

    Full Time: 36 Week(s)