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This is a great opportunity for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities to learn whilst at work. This is more than an introduction to work, it is an opportunity to do a realistic job with the support of an employer and job coach. Learners record their skills and knowledge in an up to date, work ready CV and work diary in preparation for leaving college and moving into an independent or supported adult working life.

What makes the Supported Internship Programme at HRC special?

  • Learners attend college one day a week and work at their placement 1-2 days a week which could increase up to 3 days a week
  • Maths and English sessions are included in the college day timetable
  • The job coach will work one-to-one with the learners and will gradually reduce the level of support as and when it is seen to be appropriate.
  • Work placements are sourced to match learners work interests and existing skills and knowledge
  • We have created strong placement links with local companies who have provided excellent working experiences to our learners.
  • What do our students say?

    "I have learned to do things I never thought I could do"

    "It has helped me work independently"

    "It has helped me extend my independent travel"

    "It has helped me build my confidence to get a job in the future"

    "I feel better in my life and my appearance"

    Career Destinations

    • A individual progression plan is created for each learner as the end of the academic year approaches
    • Although we cannot promise the offer of a paid job will be made at the end of the course, some of our learners have been given this opportunity and are still working with those companies.
    • Some of our learners have secured permanent volunteering positions from their placements helping them to continue learning at work

    What can I do next?

    • Enter into employment or supported employment
    • Apply to one of our full-time Level 1 courses
    • Apply for volunteering roles in an area that is of interest to you, this is a good way of continuing to develop your work skills and employability

    What will I be doing?

    We will help you to learn a wide range of skills that will develop your independence at home, work and in the wider community by;

    • Undertaking a job that is 'real' and not just a work experience
    • Work on your own and as part of a team with the support of a job coach
    • Communicate with a range of familiar and unfamiliar people
    • Improve your English and Maths skills
    • Recognise your own strengths and areas for development by working towards achieving realistic targets.

    Added Extras

    There are lots of benefits to this course, including:

    • Regular tutorials to build on aims and outcomes identified in EHCPs
    • General support in class and during social periods
    • Regular full course reviews to discuss working progress, achievements and final progression

    How will I be assessed?

    • You will be assessed through your practical achievements in your work placement.
    • Through completion of your weekly reflective diary
    • Through the termly updates of your CV
    • Functional Skills will be assessed though exams, with access arrangements available, subject to assessment.
    • Finally, through a reference from the employer, your job coach and your personal tutor

    Entry requirements?

    • To be working at Entry level 2-3 in English and Maths
    • To attend an interview with us

    If you would like help understanding our entry requirements, please give our Information Team a call on 01992 411411.

    What do I need to bring?

    • You will need to bring in pens and pencils on your college day
    • You may be asked to wear a uniform and/or protective clothing whilst at work, these workplace rules must be followed. Your work clothes may be at cost to you.

    Fee Information

    Please be advised that there is a fee to cover the general cost of curriculum delivery both in and out of the classroom. Our curriculum is wide a varied and also includes opportunities to visit and experience learning out of the classroom in real life environments. As I am sure you are aware this is not always free and there are costs involved when providing safety equipment, travel and other resources. Each course has been costed separately and some may vary from one another due to resource requirements.

    If you are having difficulties paying due to financial hardship please contact HRC Information Centre on 01992 411411

    These fees are indicative of the 2019-20 costs and may be subject to change

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