The REACH Supported Internship Programme is a one year work preparation programme for students with learning disabilities and autistic spectrum disorders.
The course is available for 16-24 year olds with an Educational Health and Care Plan (ECHP) and for adults aged 25+ with a formal diagnosis of a learning disability.
You will study ONE of the following courses alongside your placement:
- NCFE Level 1 in Customer Service
- NCFE Level 1 in Employability Skills
- OCN Entry 3 Award in Skills for Independence and Employability
- BTEC Level 1 in Hospitality
The programme is a combination of classroom instruction, career exploration and hands-on skills training with the support of a Job Coach.
The Programme runs over 3 or 4 days a week, 2 days in the work place and 1 day at college studying towards one of the above qualifications, and 1 day studying towards English & Maths if applicable. In your placement you will work across 3 different departments each on a 10 week rotation with the support of a Job Coach and you will learn about different job roles and work place skills needed to gain future paid employment.
The Programme will develop your confidence, independence and self-esteem.
There are no formal exams on the supported internship. Assessment is portfolio based, there will be written and practical tasks to carry out throughout the year.
There will be exams if you are studying Functional Skills English & Maths.
This programme is for 16-24 year olds with an Educational Health and Care Plan, or for adults aged 25+ with a formal diagnosis of a learning disability, whose goal is competitive employment. All potential students will be asked to attend an interview. This will enable us to assess suitability and match the learners skill set and interests to the most suitable placement.
This course will equip you with access to potential sustainable employment.
At the end of the course, if you are not offered a paid job within your placement, the Job coach will support you applying for jobs and sign post you to external agencies.