Supported Internships are a one-year study programme run by Plumpton College, with the core aim being to find paid, sustainable work for young adults with SEND.
This is a real hands-on course where you'll spend the majority of time undertaking work-based learning, and a brilliant opportunity for you to develop your practical work-related skills. You'll start off developing your existing skills and transfer them from the college environment to the workplace.
You will also be encouraged to look at the barriers that are preventing you from working independently, all with an end goal of finding a job to suit your aspirations.
You will study towards a City & guilds qualification and continue to study English and maths. The course content involves looking at lots of different types of jobs and careers and meeting different employers and businesses. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to see what work is really like and what suits you.
You will also spend time building your confidence, developing your independence; including traveling to and from the workplace and problem-solving. Students will have a variety of work-based opportunities to build on their transferable skills such as personal behaviour for success, health & safety awareness and team-building. We work with students to identify career aspirations and job match where possible or look at aspects of interests that can be developed into a career path. Placements include estates, nurseries (plant and children) and also retail and catering where appropriate.
Supported Internships focus on developing a young person's independence; every student will be offered a work placement within a business where there is the likelihood of paid work coming up. You'll have support from a job coach and regular reviews to make sure you get the most of from your experience.
Students will be 18 years or over at the start of the course and will have completed their college courses and be ready to progress into work. The courses of study will usually have been at E3, L1 and L2. All students will have an EHCP and require support in order to take the next steps into work.
A place on the course is secured through an interview.
You'll have support from a job coach and regular reviews to make sure you get the most of your experience. The intended outcome is paid work, some students may finish the course not quite ready for work but be much more work-ready, having gained significant experience over the year. Where paid work hasn’t been gained we will work with you to support you onto the next steps, which includes referral onto another agency that can continue to support you in your quest for paid work.