Supported Internship - West Lea School
Supported Internship is a one year full time study programme for 16 - 24 year olds who have a Statement for Special Educational Needs or an Education and Health Care Plan. It includes and extended work placement with a local employer and provides access to a job for young people who want to work, but need a little extra support to do so.
How do Supported Internships work? In class, Interns focus on developing their and life skills as well as their English and Maths. The Interns skills, interests and aspirations are matched to specific roles. Interns then go into an extended work placement with a view to paid employment at the end of the programme.
Interns get one to one support in the workplace from a Job Coach. Interns remain in class for one day per week and continue to work on their areas for development that have been identified in the work place. Travel training is offered to all Interns from home to the workplace.
What are the benefits?
- Develops greater Independence
- Gets Interns onto a pathway to sustainable employment
- Develops workplace skills within the relevant sector
- Improves well being and mental health
- Increases social integration
The success of this programme depends on an effective partnership between the employer, the Job Coach, the Intern and their family. The journey towards employment is exciting, yet challenging. Interns will need to, travel independently or commit to undertake travel training. They must have a strong commitment and aspiration to work and they need to have an EHCP or statement of special educational needs