Do you want to develop your independence and get a paid job, but are not quite sure where to start and what to do? This is where Lighthouse Futures Trust can help you find answers to your questions and move towards fulfilling your ambitions.
We offer two internship programmes – Foundation Internship and Supported Internship – both of which help students move into paid employment (full-time or part-time) or to set up your own business. They are available for young adults aged 16-25 with an Education, Health Care Plan (EHCP) with employment or supported employment identified as being your next steps.
The core of each programme is real-life work experience with a range of employers offering a variety of roles including: hospitality; retail; engineering; finance; data analysis. Our trained Job Coaches work alongside you at our employer hosts, where you will work as part of a small team with a work-based buddy.
The Foundation programme includes 1 day work experience and 3-4 days at College where you will follow an engaging and varied curriculum including:
- Support for gaining qualifications in Maths & English, if you don’t have them already.
- Enterprise: learn how to design and launch a product or service.
- Employability– preparing a c.v., submitting an online application, how to perform in an interview, team-work, decision-making
- Health and Wellbeing: learn how to develop resilience and manage your physical and mental health
The Supported Internship programme includes the above elements but is based at an employer site for 3 days a week, with a 4th day at College.
Both programmes start in September, with a 4-6 week induction at our premises in Headingley. This enables us to get to know you more and find out about your areas of interest and your skills and means we can more easily match you with a suitable employer. You are usually ready to start with your employer in October and the programme follows the academic year, finishing in July the following year.
We also have a bespoke internship programme called Branching Out which focuses on gardening and landscaping. It operates in the same way as a Supported Internship but, rather than being based with an employer or in an office, you would be based at Lotherton Hall in North-East Leeds for 3 days a week. A group of up to 6 students work alongside 2 Job Coaches alongside team members from Leeds City Council’s Parks & Countryside team to maintain the grounds at this amazing stately home and bird Garden.