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Supporting young people with SEND get employment ready

by Guy Murphy

Knowsley Council is working with Knowsley Community College to support young people with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) gain valuable work experience and prepare for future employment.

The Supported Internship Programme is a structured, work-based study programme for 16 to 24-year-olds with SEND (special educational needs and disabilities). The core aim of a supported internship study programme is a substantial work placement, facilitated by the support of an expert job coach.

The programme starts in September and runs over one academic year, giving interns the chance to experience a work placement throughout the year, supported by their job coach.

As part of the course, each student attends a weekly work placement, to gain valuable skills and experience.  Students also attend college one day a week, to develop their employability and independence skills with the Employability Tutor.

Previously, students on the internship have secured work experience roles with organisations such as Shakespeare North Playhouse, Alder Hey Charity Shop, Everton in the Community, Knowsley Council and Knowsley Community College.

Knowsley resident Jake was a student on Knowsley’s first supported internship programme and became a permanent employee of Knowsley Council following his supported internship. You can read his story here.

There are still a limited number of places available for this year’s supported internship.

You can learn more about Support Internships online or by getting in touch with the team: Supported Internship Co-Ordinator: siadmin@sthelens.ac.uk