Care Plus Group Supported Employment in partnership with educational providers and local businesses, have launched a new initiative to support young people with learning disabilities in the workplace to gain valuable work experience that will lead to suitable paid employment. In-work job coaching and travel training are all included in this new Government programme to ensure learners reach their full potential.
Supported Internships are a structured study programme for young people aged 16-24 with learning disabilities or difficulties to gain the skills and experience they need for work, enabling them to demonstrate their value in the workplace. This is all part of valuable ‘preparation for adulthood.’ Combining study with work based learning; the majority of the young person’s time is spent at the employer’s premises where they are expected to comply with real job conditions. Various job roles are being offered in catering, hospitality and automotive departments. In fact, any job role offered by a potential employer will be considered for a Supported Internship.
Our local employers are considered as key partners to ensure that the Supported Internship works for them as well as the Intern. Involvement in this programme will help employers promote a diverse workforce to staff and customers alike whilst utilising job-carving techniques to increase productivity.
Learner, Andrew Williams (21), a student at Grimsby Institute, is conducting his Supported Internship at The Vine Café, Freeman Street Market, Grimsby where he says: “The placement is exciting. I like being here rather than all week at college.” Shirley Hodgson (Café Owner) said “Andrew is a great guy, a pleasure to work with. He has fitted in really well in the Café and is progressing well and enjoying all the tasks he has the opportunity to participate in.” Shirley is also keen to endorse the project to others by saying “I would definitely recommend other businesses consider taking part in Supported Internships to meet some of their business needs as there is a definite benefit to both parties”.
Tracy Chaplin, Supported Internship Employability Officer said: “Supported Internships will continue to succeed with the backing of business owners like Shirley.”
If any businesses wish to invest in this ground-breaking opportunity please contact Tracy at:
Care Plus Group Supported Employment
The Val Waterhouse Centre
Tel: 01472 256720
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