Supported Internships

The intern programme process

This is our flagship programme and is summarised below.

When young adults join our programme, usually at the age of 19+, we spend time getting to know them and finding out more about their aspirations and their talents.   They are with us for up to 4 days a week for 10 months, starting in September.

Some of our support takes place at our premises in Headingley.  If they have not achieved qualifications in Maths & English, our tutors support them to sit a range of exams as well as understanding why having these skills is important in the workplace.   Students and interns also benefit from our Enterprise workshops which include speaker visits, trips to other business premises and a series of seminars focused on setting up your own business.  We also have a strong focus on developing Employability Skills – preparing a c.v., submitting an online application, how to perform in an interview, teamwork, decision-making and lots more.

Nothing, however, beats real experience which is why we work closely with our employer partners to find roles, in your organisation, which would be suitable for our students.  We know about their skills and areas of interest, as well as what kind of support they might need.  By meeting you and your team members, we gain a better understanding of what roles you have on offer.   And then we match the two together.

Our interns usually start with employers in October and work for 2-3 days a week, sometimes building up to 4 days after May.  Our ultimate goal is that you offer them a paid role at the end of the placement and/or support us to help them find paid employment with another organisation.  Our model works best if you have 3-4 roles to offer, on a single site, as this enables us to provide a dedicated Job Coach who is on your site whenever the interns are.  Their role is to support you, as an employer, as well as the interns so that the experience is positive and mutually beneficial.

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