Internship places available at council
SALFORD council are offering 10 ‘supported internships’ in their offices for 16-24 year olds with special educational needs (SEN).
Councillors signed off on a joint project with the University of Salford – worth just over £50,000 – that will see the youngsters spend time in both institutions to gain work experience and job skills.
It would function as an ‘extended working interview,’ according to a report that went before the council’s procurement board on Wednesday.
Only 15 young people from the city are taking part in supported internships, according to the document, even though the majority of young people with SEN are ‘capable of sustaining paid employment with the right preparation and support.’ And only 2.3 percent of Salford’s adults with learning difficulties are in paid employment, compared to 6.7pc nationally.
To support more young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to access ‘meaningful employment’ in the future, the Department for Education has allocated every local authority a SEND preparation for employment grant, according to a report that went before councillors.
It’s that cash that will go towards funding Salford’s scheme, which will be based on another project at Salford’s Royal Hospital.
Under that programme, 32 of the 50 participants gained employment. Eleven are doing voluntary work, two returned to education and five were ‘signposted to other services.’
Councillor John Merry said that the project was ‘really positive,’ referencing the high retention rate.
According to a report prepared by Remploy and Mencap, supported internships are personalised study programmes based primarily at an employer’s premises.
They are designed to ‘better enable young people with learning disabilities to achieve sustainable paid employment by equipping them with the skills they need.
The report which went before the councillors said that the scheme could help to ‘diversify’ the workplace, give younger staff members the opportunity to act as a professional mentor, and give local people with disabilities a chance to showcase their talents.
Learners enrolled on the programme will become students of Salford City College and be affiliated to the College’s Eccles Sixth Form Centre.
Councillor John Merry