Supported internships

Young person working in a factorySupported internships are aimed at young people aged 16 to 24 who have an EHC (Education, Health and Care) plan

They support entry to employment

The internship is based mainly with an employer and usually lasts a year with a view to moving into employment.

A supported internship is a new type of learning that is made up of an unpaid work placement of at least six months and study that, where possible, leads to a relevant qualification and includes the chance for you to improve your English and maths.

In Kirklees, supported internships are run by Kirklees College and are available at its Dewsbury and Huddersfield Centres. Supported internships and other programmes are also available in Calderdale.

The Kirklees College programme is over three days, with learners spending one day in college and two days on placement with an employer. During the first six weeks of the programme, students will be college-based doing a range of work-based activities, including developing work-related skills and possibly doing some volunteering in the community. Support will be based on individual need in college and/or at the work placement. The college work placement co-ordinator will find the placement, liaise with employers and monitor the student's progress while on placement.

All learners will:

  • take part in a range of work preparation activities
  • work to improve English and maths and if appropriate take a formal qualification
  • have a weekly tutorial
  • be on an individual work placement for at least six months with an external employer.

The Calderdale College programme is called Project Search and lasts a year. Learners are on placement for 3.5 days and learn related-skills for the remaining 1.5 days a week. It is for those who are looking for full-time, paid employment and want to learn the skills needed. The first learners will begin the course in September 2017. Initially, learners will do the work and training in some of the Calderdale NHS Trust departments, where they will be supported by a tutor. They may then go on to a work placement with other local employers. There will be an introductory summer school before the course startsdelivered by staff from C&K Careers.

See the video about a similar Project Search programme in Bradford.

All learners will:

  • go on different ‘placements’ in different jobs within the host employer’s organisation - from September 2018, this will be Calderdale NHS, which will work with other local businesses
  • have regular tutor support at the start of the day and a de-brief at the end of the day
  • take part in classroom-based learning to develop the skills needed to move straight into full-time employment at the end of the internship.

From September 2018, support for students with emotional and social mental health issues
is planned. This will be based in a new free school for key stage 4/5 in North Kirklees and at Ethos in south Kirklees.

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