Supported Internships - Buckinghamshire Adult Learning

Supported Internships

What is a Supported Internship

The Buckinghamshire Adult Learning Supported Internship is a partnership venture which prepares young people with disabilities for competitive employment.

The first Supported Internship was set up in partnership with De Vere Latimer Estate in September 2018. The interns are progressing well on the course and the success is due to the partnership approach, the work experience opportunities provided by the hotel and the commitment by the interns (pictured here).

The structured study programme is in partnership with Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, Stony Dean School, Buckinghamshire County Council and Adviza.

The internship will enable young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities to achieve sustainable paid employment by equipping them with the skills they need to work.

We are now recruiting for 10 enthusiastic young people who are focused and work ready for September 2020.

The programme has one primary aim:

Wherever possible support young people to move into paid employment

Interns will complete a BTEC Level 1 Work Skills programme at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. They will also have the opportunity to study Maths and English functional skills at an appropriate level with the support of a tutor and Job Coach.

Employment is the key aim of the programme, following on from the Supported Internship the interns will be supported in their first year of work by a Job Coach from “Building Futures” at Adviza.

Eligibility Criteria

To be considered for an internship you should be:

  • A Young person aged 18 – 24 in receipt of an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP)
  • Working at Entry level 2 – Level 1
  • Be able to develop good customer service skills and have a positive attitude to work
  • Be able to commit to the full length of the programme (September 2020 – June 2021)
  • Be 18 -24 years old on 31 August 2020
  • Be in your final year of education and ready to start work at the end of the Supported Internship
  • Undertaken a successful work placement at school/college
  • Have family support for you to start work
  • Be able to commit to a 5 day a week programme; total immersion in the workplace
  • Have an excellent record of attendance and behavior at school/college
  • Be willing to travel independently or be supported to travel
  • Have a positive attitude to gaining new skills and receiving instruction
  • Be willing to follow the Bucks NHS Trust code of conduct
  • Eligible to work in the UK

What job roles will I complete as an Intern?

You will have the opportunity to work in at least three different job roles on a ten week carousel at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury.

These may include:

  • Administration
  • Portering
  • Post-Room
  • Kitchen
  • Housekeeping

How do I apply?

If you would like to know more about the Supported Internship or would like to apply please contact:

Christie Lavery
Head of Supported Employment
Stony Dean School
01494 762538