Students on Trafford College’s Supported Internship programme are celebrating their first steps on their career ladder after securing paid employment.
The course equips students with the skills they need for work and is aimed at young people with learning disabilities who are capable of independent, paid work, but may need extra support in finding their first job.
Based at Trafford General Hospital and delivered in partnership with the hospital, Pure Innovations and Trafford Council, the structured study programme is a one-year course where students undertake their Entry Level 3 in employability skills and three placements over the course of the 12 months.
Lecturer Fiona Halyburton said: “It is an incredible course to work on because it truly changes the lives of the young people and their families, many of which did not think they would be able to get a paid job.”
The course gives students the opportunity to gain experience in a wide variety of placements for entry level jobs such as porters, admin, reception, ward clerk, and pharmacy assistants. The college also has external partnerships for placements with Premier Inn, solicitors Horwich Farrelly, Cargill, Costa and McDonalds.
Fiona added: “The learners gain valuable experience which looks great on their CV and when they are ready, they undergo a work trial to help them secure paid employment. We have just completed our fifth year which has been incredibly successful.”
One of this year’s successful students was Sophie Tyson who secured a job as ward clerk at Trafford Hospital. She said: “The Supported Internship gave me the chance to try new things out. From day one I was determined to be professional and to show my managers what I am capable of doing. When I was offered a job I was so proud of myself and for my family that I have got somewhere in life.”
Claire Entwistle, ward manager at Trafford General Hospital, said: “Sophie is a kind and supportive young lady who is always keen to learn new skills. Fellow colleagues say that she is always willing to help and goes about her day always with a smile on her face.”