Burton and South Derbyshire College is running a new initiative that will help young people with a disability/learning difficulty enjoy the benefits of employment. We are looking for local businesses, both large and small, to provide unpaid work opportunities to help young people develop employability skills whilst making a positive contribution to the business.
- What is a supported internship?
A Supported Internship is a structured programme of study undertaken by a young person aged 16-24 with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) who has a real desire to work.
It is a job specially adapted to meet the skills and ability of an individual whilst fulfilling a genuine business need for the employer.
The Supported Internship programme combines unpaid work with an employer and time in college to gain other skills such as maths, English, ICT, Health and Safety and job search skills.
The overall aim is to equip those young people who may not be quite ready for employment or an apprenticeship with the skills they need to progress in the workplace.
- What does it involve?
We’ll work closely with you to produce a bespoke programme tailored to the individual needs of the young person and the business.
A member of staff (Job Coach) will mentor the young person and spend time with them in the workplace to offer hands-on support with their duties as they gain confidence and settle in to their new role.
The job may be from two to seven hours a day for one, two or three days per week, depending on the ability of the individual. It can last for up to 6 months.
The aim is to be as flexible as possible to ensure that both the young person and the business get the most from the experience.
- What kind of work can a person with a learning disability do?
All individuals have different skills and will therefore be able to do many kinds of jobs. While we encourage you to keep an open mind, there are some general guidelines about the types of jobs that would be best suited.
These include jobs that require practical skills that can be learned through practice and repetition. Placements can be varied e.g. working in a warehouse, catering establishment, estates, retail or administration setting. The most important aspect will be to ensure a good match between the skills and abilities of the young person and the demands of the role.
- What are the benefits for your business?
Evidence shows that workers with a disability often demonstrate great commitment and performance and have excellent attendance records. Studies have shown that employing people with a disability improves workforce morale and increases customer goodwill. Your customer base will appreciate the efforts you are making to be an equal opportunities employer.
- Will there be any cost involved?
No. Burton and South Derbyshire College will fund any necessary costs, such as DBS checks, that are incurred as a result of the placement.
In addition, all businesses who join the scheme will also benefit from:
- Free access to online learning for adults 19+.
- Free training needs analysis and recruitment needs support for apprenticeships.
- Discounted training e.g. short courses in Health and Safety, Food Hygiene and First Aid.
- An experienced Job Coach who will offer support and guidance to the young person and the employer for the length of the programme.
- Company information published on the Burton and South Derbyshire College website and newsletters.