Supported Internships- What a Year!
15 July 2021
Cheshire East's supported internship programme has seen some excellent outcomes for our SEND young people over the last 12 months. Even during a global pandemic, 47% of our interns have progressed into paid work with 35% of interns been able to extend their programme until December 2021, with the aim of more interns being able to transition into paid work before the end of the programme.
Jamie’s story, which featured in December's SENDing the News has now been in paid employment for nine months. In Jamie's celebration meeting - his manager said 'it was obvious we would offer Jamie a job', 'he adds value to our business'.
Adam who started work at Thermmark in January on a 25-hour contract- is now completing regular overtime. Adam is an incredible employee! Adam's story was featured on Granada Reports in May 2021.
In addition to Adam and Jamie, we have seen many more of our interns progress into the world of work. Harry from Macclesfield College has secured paid work as a catering assistant. Kallum from the Springboard Project is now working in a local café. Ross is working in a garden centre. Cheshire College South and West launched their supported internship provision in September 2020- 100% of their cohort has progressed into paid work, which is fabulous.
In summary, supported internships are:
• Available to young people aged 16- 24
• A study programme with the majority of the time spent with the employer
• Designed to support young people transition from education into paid work
• The final year of education
Interns must have an Education Health Care Plan in order to access the programme. All will have a job coach, starting with 100% support, reducing as skills/confidence develop.
Please contact Zoe.Macey@cheshireeast.gov.uk if you would like some more information.