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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In a mainstream school

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Have special educational needs and/or disabilities?

If you have special educational needs and/or one or more disabilities and need additional learning support, you can get extra help, often up to the age of 25, from your careers adviser in school or college if you need it. These Remploy factsheets describe some of the conditions and disabilities that may require simple adjustments or additional support.

If you need it, your adviser can also involve our team of specialist advisers who work with young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities, sometimes known as SEND. They can tell you about support, funding and equipment for people with special educational needs and/or disabilities to make sure you can use your skills and talents to get into college, university or work.

  • Check out the rest of this site to find out about your options in Y8/9, Y10/11, as well as our pages for Y12 and Y13 at sixth form or colleges
  • If there isn't a local course available, it may be possible in exceptional circumstances, to go to one of the National Specialist Colleges
  • There's lots of information on a range of local services and national organisations to support people with special educational needs and disabilities, which explains what you and your family can expect from the Calderdale Local Offer and the Kirklees Local Offer 
  • Young people in Kirklees with special educational needs and/or disabilities or additional needs can also get free and impartial support from KIAS, the advice and support service in Kirklees, around the how to apply for an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan.
  • Students with emotional and/or social mental health needs are also entitled to additional support, including support in transferring from Year 11 to school, college or training. If you think you need this support and are not getting it, you should contact the school or college special educational needs coordinator (SENCO) or your careers adviser.

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School sixth forms

Sixth formers studyingA school sixth form is attached to a high school

It's for young people between the ages of 16 and 19

Students attending sixth form usually include those who were at the school in year 11, as well as new students from other schools.

School sixth forms usually offer academic qualifications in a range of subjects, such as A Levels but they may also offer a number of vocational (job-related) courses, for example BTEC diplomas and extended diplomas. Some school sixth forms only offer level 3 courses, for example A levels/BTEC, for which students usually need 5 GCSEs at grade 9-4 or A*-C to get a place. Others offer a small number of level 2 courses, for example GCSEs/BTECs, that usually require around 5 GCSEs at grade 9-3 or A*-D. Check the entry requirements with individual schools.

There is also a studio school in Kirklees, where students with a range of abilities develop key employability and life skills and study a range of key qualifications at Level 2 and Level 3. The qualifications offered relate to the type of practical education offered, for example creative and media. They follow a 'personalised' curriculum, which meets their needs. Learning is delivered in small, supportive groups through enterprise (business-related) themed projects in the school, local businesses and the community. Students also spend time in 'real work'.

University technical colleges (UTCs) also offer a way of studying scientific and technical subjects, the nearest UTCs are currently in Leeds and Sheffield. For more details see 'More to explore' on the right

See the right of the full-time learning page for a list of sixth forms and colleges in Calderdale and Kirklees, as well as UTCs within daily travel.

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Special school sixth forms

SEND 006A special school sixth form offers courses for students aged over 16 in a special school environment

Like in mainstream sixth forms ...

... students will start special school sixth form in the September after they have finished year 11. Students can spend up to three extra years in school. The sixth form may include students who attended the school in the past, as well as students who were at other schools.

Places at special school sixth forms are allocated in discussion with families, the school and the Kirklees SEN (special educational needs) team. They offer programmes of study at pre entry and entry level.

For further details of entry requirements for individual special schools, please contact the school – see individual special schools on the Calderdale Local Offer or Kirklees Local Offer websites.

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Colleges of further education

Hairdressing 001Colleges offer courses at different levels

The courses are for 16 to 18 year olds and adults

Many of the courses lead to vocational (job-related) qualifications such as BTEC, City and Guilds, Diplomas, NVQs and apprenticeships. Some may also offer academic qualifications and higher education courses.

Each college is different, so check what is available with the college. The local colleges of further education are Calderdale College and Kirklees College.

Go to this linked page to see a list of sixth forms and other colleges in Calderdale and Kirklees.

Foundation and employability study programmes

  • Kirklees College runs a foundation learning course, which is tailored to individual students' need to improve their basic skills, such as English and maths, life skills and their readiness for work. The course also includes individual support.
  • Calderdale College runs an employability and life skills course, which develops interpersonal, team work and other work-related skills. It also includes help with English and maths.

Many of the students attending both courses continue on to higher level courses or into employment.

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