Brent Council's magazine, Brent News,
published a feature on our Supported Internship programme in Summer 2018.
Click the link to read in the magazine
(Page 40-41) or read the text below (reproduced courtesy of Brent Council).
Young people with special educational needs and disabilities are gaining the skills and confidence needed for the world of work thanks to a supported internship scheme.
Project SEARCH is a unique supported internship programme for 16-24 year olds with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). Seven students from Brent are currently in the programme doing their final work placement in various roles and departments at Charing Cross Hospital.
Coordinated by the College of North West London (CNWL) in partnership with Brent Council, the goal of the programme is to help the students to gain the skills and attitudes they need to get
meaningful paid jobs. Students get real-life work experience working with colleagues and dealing with customers while learning Maths, English and ICT.
As well as gaining the essential skills and qualities employers look for, the interns also benefit from the opportunity to be more independent, gain confidence, and develop their communication and interpersonal skills.
Throughout their internship, and until they are ready to look for work, the students are supervised by the Supported Internship team, which includes a tutor, mentor and job coach.
Cllr Mili Patel, Cabinet Member for Children’s Safeguarding, Early Help and Social Care, said: “Project SEARCH is an excellent opportunity for young adults with learning difficulties to make that crucial transition from classroom to workplace and future-proof their careers. I’m pleased that the programme is helping to shape a diverse and inclusive workplace in Brent and beyond.”
Former interns Maulika Amin, 23 from Wembley, and Sean Colbert, 25 from Neasden are now working with employer, Sodexo at Charing Cross Hospital since they graduated from the programme last year. Both are proud of being at work and in paid jobs that they truly enjoy.
Anthony Jacob, 24 from Willesden, one of the current interns, is enjoying his placement but feels he is job ready.