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Supported Internships

The Reach Supported Internship Programme is a one year preparation programme for students with learning disabilities and autistic spectrum conditions.

It is aimed at students who have an Educational Health & Care Plan, aged 16-24, are in their last year of education and whose goal is competitive employment.

This programme is a combination of classroom instruction, career exploration and hands-on skills training. The learner will work with a team that includes: family, an instructor and a supported employment specialist, who will all support the learner to gain the necessary skills required for sustainable employment.

On this programme, learners will be in a work placement for 4 full days a week working with a skilled job coach, and at College for 1 day per week connected to a RAPA course. In addition to this they will also be developing their skills in Maths and English

The young person will work across 3 departments each on a 10 week rotation, supported by a job coach on site. They will gain experience of different job roles and workplace skills needed to succeed with the ultimate goal of paid employment and independence.

Benefits to interns
• Competitive, transferable and marketable job skills
• Increased confidence, independence and self-esteem
• On-site and individual support and instruction
• Access to potential sustainable employment

Our Pre-Supported Internship programme, RISE, is designed to prepare students for the REACH supported internships. With a focus on becoming independent travellers and gaining valuable work experience, RISE provides a stepping stone to the fully supported internship. Learners spend two days at a work placement with an experienced job coach, gaining hands-on experience and learning valuable skills. Additionally, they spend two days at college, where they develop their Maths, English, and employability skills to enhance their readiness for the workplace.