Course Title Supported Internship
Code Y662

Overview of the Course

This is a course for those who have learning difficulties and/or disabilities who want to be employed. You will develop and acquire specific and transferable employment skills required in the competitive world of work by taking part in three intensive work experience placements at different local employers whilst being supported by a job coach. Time and consideration is taken to match your working aspirations, your choices and employers business needs.

What are the career opportunities?

Supported Internship is part of our Employment Pathway and provides the opportunity to gain specific work experience by participating in longer and meaningful work placements at different local employers. Furthermore, you will be able to work in the Smart Shop and develop their retail skills. You are actively supported to find suitable career pathways in to paid or voluntary work.

What are the entry requirements?

Entry is subject to interview and school/college reference, an EHCP (if applicable) and initial assessments. You must be working at entry level and should be interested in working and undertaking work experience placements. The curriculum is tailored around the student group and individual outcomes.

How long is the course and when can I start?

A full-time one-year course starting in September.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

The curriculum is tailored around the student group and individual employment needs. The primary focus is to develop employability skills sought by employers alongside promoting working aspirations. You will have the opportunity to gain a wealth of work experience by participating in three intensive work placements whilst being supported by a job coach. You will also study English and maths and dependent on individual assessment results could gain a Functional Skills or Stepping Skills Qualification at an appropriate level. Possible units of study include: Vocational Profiling, Use of Training in Systematic Instruction, Employability Skills, CV building, Travel Training, Health and Safety in the Workplace, Job Searching, Voluntary Work, Job Centre and Job Clubs. Assessment in a variety of ways including: Feedback from employer and job coach, Observation on placement, Photographic evidence, Observation/witness statements, Some written work, Tutor statements.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

During the course you will develop a wealth of specific and transferable employability skills by participating in different external work placements, these may include; customer service, presenting yourself, hierarchy at work, health and safety in the work place and working in a team. You will also develop skills in solving problems, using computer software, understanding instructions, getting things done on time and making decisions.

Work experience

Work experience is an essential element of your Study Programme and you will be supported to secure a different work placement each term, providing you with intensive work experience and allowing you to gain first-hand experience and therefore enabling you to apply for employment in your chosen career sector. Supported Internship has successfully supported students to gain meaningful paid employment and currently works with a host of employers including: Sure Start, Bury Council, Total Fitness and Persona.

Study programme enrichment opportunities

You will have the opportunity to take part in drama, youth club and sport enrichment sessions. These sessions are optional.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

There will be trips and visits to develop you socially and academically. There will be additional costs for these.

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