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Internship opportunities for local people with disabilities

by Laura Johnston

Knowsley Council are offering internships for adults who have learning difficulties or disabilities and are seeking work experience.

There are 11 people on the internship programme so far and all of them have started this month. The brand new recruits are on a year’s work placement and it is hoped that the experience will help them secure future employment.

The interns work across various council teams such as security, business support and catering. They are given continuous support with their placement and have been assigned a job coach through the council’s 14-19 team. Support began before the start of the internship and interns were visited by their tutor and job coach to discuss the programme, and to find out any answers to questions that they may have had. As part of the support that’s offered, interns will be given further education and training through Knowsley Community College which is working in partnership with the council.

Cllr Steff O’Keeffe, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, expressed her satisfaction with the internship programme and said:

“This is a fantastic initiative for our residents who are gaining invaluable life and work skills through their placements at the council.

“Feedback from the interns, their parents and council staff has been extremely positive and I wish them well in their placements and hope they can secure employment as a result of their internship.”