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Could you offer a Supported Internship?

Jul 09, 2018

Could you offer a supported internship?
Could you offer a supported internship?

We are thrilled to announce that we have signed up as a host employer for a new Supported Internship scheme especially for young people with a learning disability to gain those vital workplace skills. The University is working in partnership with Pure Innovations Ltd, Salford City Council and Eccles Sixth Form College as part of our commitment to inclusion and diversity in the workplace.

Pure Innovations Ltd is the leading organisation in setting up Supported Internships with young people with a learning disability.  They  have many successful projects  and have worked  with big names such as Manchester Airport, Manchester Foundation Trust and Peel Holdings/Peel Media to provide valuable employment and work experience opportunities alongside a structured study programme.  

Each site works in a tri-sector partnership with a local college and supports ten young people with a learning disability over the academic year. The aim of the project is the young people aged 16 to 24 undertake a traditional ‘Into Work’ qualification run by a local college, with the classroom element taking place in the employer’s workplace. A typical day would be a 1.5 hour classroom session at the start or end of the day (based here on campus) with three and a half hours on work placement, four days a week.

The college supplies a tutor and a job coach and Pure provide the employment support. Supported internships are unpaid, with all costs funded by the Department for Education and last for a minimum of six months. Wherever possible, they support the young person to move into paid employment at the end of the programme.

You can get a feel for how the project operates by watching the short trailer. 

If you feel your department could offer a Supported Internship, please contact Sue Clark, Inclusion and Diversity Manager in HR by email or on ext 50161 to find out more