What is a Supported Internship?
A Supported Internship is a Pathway funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency for adults with additional needs who want to gain experience in the world of work aged 16-25 years old.
Each Intern will be fully supported by a Job Coach until such time that they are able to work independently.
This Pathway aims to give the Intern real work experience that could possibly lead to voluntary or paid employment.
Why choose a Supported Internship?
WayFinder Specialist Employment Service recognises that in every business, and including our own, people come first.
Supporting people into employment is what we do. A Supported Internship offers:
An opportunity to experience work in a supported environment
A way to develop and learn new skills that are useful at work
Experience in a sector that you would like to work in
The chance to experience a new social environment and develop communication skills
What support is on offer?
Each Intern will have regular contact with a Job Coach, who will make sure their placement is going to plan. They will have daily contact with them and will assess how much support is required at each stage of their internship.
We will also be in regular communication with you to see how well the Intern is settling in.
We are with them every step of the way and we will provide as much support as required during the internship.
The Supported Internship has numerous benefits for the individual including:
A chance to experience the world of work in a supported environment
A chance to upskill themselves (with qualifications such as Maths and English if appropriate)
A chance to experience a particular sector of work they would like to go into
A chance to experience a new social setting and develop their communication skills
Other Benefits of a Supported Internship
Individualised Study Programme
Opportunity to continue to develop English, Maths & ICT skills
Tailored programme designed to meet the young person’s requirements
Transferable work skills with opportunities to practice skills in real life situations
A real possibility of paid employment at the end of the Internship
A Job Coach working closely alongside the Intern.
Edward commenced at our Nottingham site in September 2016. Previously he had attended a specialist School in Nottingham.
He has a passion for working with animals, in particular, the rabbits. He also enjoys baking and preparing family meals. At School, Edward had achieved some independent travel skills, and with coaching, he is now travelling to and from college independently.
To all who know and work with Edward, it is evident that he is able to secure meaningful employment. The plan for Edward’s second year at Landmarks is he will progress onto a Supported Internship.
Despite a successful first year at the farm, Edward decided to take a different vocational pathway for his Supported Internship and secured a placement at The Grand Care Home in Nottingham.
Initially, Edward needed support and guidance from his Job Coach to complete his role, but it wasn’t long before Edward became a valued member of staff and he was trusted to work independently to complete tasks, including setting tables and serving drinks. Edward is always positive and happy to learn. He has also learned to independently catch two buses across the centre of Nottingham to get to his placement.
Edward has improved his communication skills, confidence and work skills. He has built a positive rapport with all the residents and made lifelong friendships with members of The Grand staff.
At the end of his placement, Edward was offered a part time voluntary position at the Grand Care Home and it didn’t take him long to achieve the Employee of the Month award.
Pauline, resident says “It has been so rewarding watching Edward grow in confidence. He has come so far, and I am so proud of him. I think he is a lovely man very conscientious and I am really pleased he is staying with us at The Grand”
Landmarks Specialist College
Landmarks are the creators of WayFinder Specialist Employment Service, they are a thriving, Independent Specialist College for people with learning difficulties and disabilities. The College offers a wide range of programmes which are individually tailored to meet a variety of needs.
At the end of his placement, Edward was offered a part time voluntary position at The Grand Care Home and it didn’t take him long to achieve the Employee of the Month Award.