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A group of young adults with learning difficulties or disabilities have been recognised for their achievements on the Knowsley Supported Internship programme.

Young adults recognised for work scheme success

by Gemma Melling

A group of young adults with learning difficulties or disabilities have been recognised for their achievements on the Knowsley Supported Internship programme.

Eight young adults started on the programme in September 2017 with a further two starting in January 2018. During the programme they have gained work experience across a range of roles including administration, catering and parks and green spaces maintenance.

What is the Supported Internship programme?

The programme provides participants with invaluable work experience, knowledge, skills and qualifications as well as boosting their confidence and social skills.  They are mentored and supported by council staff on a day-to-day basis and also attend a weekly session around employability, literacy and numeracy, run by tutors from Knowsley Community College.

Following their participation on the programme, five of the young adults have gone on to secure employment with the council with a further two being employed by Knowsley Youth Mutual and Volair.  Two are being supported into employment by Knowsley Works and one decided to return to further education and is currently undertaking a childcare course at Knowsley Community College.

At a recent meeting of Council, councillors heard about the successes of the group and what it had meant to them.

Councillor Margaret Harvey, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said:

“It’s great to see the successes our Knowsley Supported Internship Programme is delivering and watching the young adults develop their skills and grow in confidence.  They just needed an opportunity to shine and that’s what the programme offers, demonstrating their value to any employer.  Well done to everyone who has taken part.”

A further 10 young adults have been recruited and started on the programme in September 2018.