Our Supported Internships help you make the journey from education into employment.
This one-year programme works closely with you to build your confidence and prepare you for the world of work.
We work with you in your work placement to support and grow your independence and employability skills. Our Supported Internships work for young people who learn best when doing. We will help you find a placement that suits you, paying attention to your goals and aspirations.
You will have a work coach who will be with you every step of the way and regularly check that everything is going okay.
We aim to help you to find paid employment or an alternative work pathway at the end of the programme!
Supported Internships help you grow your confidence and find paid work doing something you enjoy.
A Supported Internship is a full-time programme supporting you to get high quality, paid and sustainable employment. It is perfect for young people with a learning difficulty and/or autism who learn best by ‘doing’.
We focus on growing your confidence and employability skills with your Work Coach to support you at every step of the way. We will work with you to find a job and employer that suits a career you want, paying attention to your goals and ambitions! Your Work Coach will work with your employer to support you and they’ll be there to check everything is going well throughout the Internship. We call it a Supported Internship because we’re there to support you all the way!
Most of your time will be at your work placement as you will learn most about your job by doing it! The working time each week depends on the job and what your employer needs, just like a real paid job. We can support you to organise your week and travel independently to and from work.
You’ll also learn Functional Skills and using Maths and English in the real world of work. You’ll learn skills to help you succeed in your placement and in your future job, like CV writing and practise interviews. It’s also a chance to catch up with others on the course each week and build new friendships.
Before the Internship ends, we work together with you on what happens next. The best outcome is a paid job with the same employer. If this isn’t possible, we’ll work on getting a job somewhere else. It might be better to move on to further training or a paid apprenticeship.
Supported Internships help you grow your confidence and find paid work doing something you enjoy!
There are end of unit assessments and end of year assessments, allowing you to gain Functional Skills qualifications with the NCFE awarding body.
You will also have monthly reviews with your Work Coach and employer to review your progress in your work placement.
We work with young people with learning difficulties and/or autism. You can join the Supported Internship programme if you:
Are aged 17 – 24
Have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
Live in/near Medway or Swale
Are ready to move on from education and into work
If you match all of the above and want to work this could be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.
You will gain confidence in your abilities and be ready to make a positive contribution to the workplace.
You may grow in your independence skills and self-belief.
You may become an independent traveller.
Your learning levels may improve through Functional Skills.
You may gain sustainable employment through your work placement or another employer and EARN YOUR OWN MONEY!