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17+ Project LIFE - Supported Internship Programme

Entry Level 3
Course Code:
Mid Devon Campus
One year

The Supported Internship Programme offers a personalised, supported pathway into employment. This flexible study programme includes: - Vocational profiling - Carefully matched work placements with local employers - On-the-job training with expert job coaches - Employability skills supporting soft skills in the workplace - Functional Skills - Tutorials - Vocational qualification where relevant

This Supported Internship Programme offers a personalised supported pathway into employment for all young adults with an EHCP.


The Supported Internship Programme is designed for those young adults who have an EHCP and the desire to gain paid employment however may find entering the workplace challenging.

This flexible study programme includes vocational profiling to identify a student's skills and qualities, on-the-job training with a carefully matched local employer supported by expert job coaches reinforced by an employability programme looking at the soft skills of employment. In addition there is the opportunity to study for relevant vocational qualifications, where appropriate.

Work placements will be sought to meet your skills, qualities and aspirations. Locality and ability to travel will also be taken into consideration when sourcing an appropriate placement.

During tutorial sessions we will also work together looking at moving on from the college environment and the skills and strategies that may be required to make this a smooth transition.
On-going assessment through internship diaries, employer feedback, tutor observation and employability skills modules undertaken in college.
There is no formal academic entry requirement.
A successful external work experience placement is very important to ensure that you have a realistic understanding of the workplace.
An aspiration and desire to seek paid employment is the key requirement to success.
An informal interview is essential.
The ultimate aim for the Internship Programme is to gain paid employment.
If paid employment is not gained on completion, we will work with you prior to the ending of your course and also signpost to local providers to continue supporting into employment.
You may also decide go on to an apprenticeship.
If you require any further information on this course, please call the Supported Learning Department on 01884 235238.
Q: Will I get support when I go into the workplace?
A: Yes, we have trained job coaches that will support you until you and the employer feel you are integrated into the workforce and ready to work with colleague support.

Q: Will I be doing English and Maths?
A: Your one day in college will include functional skills.

Q: What are employment soft skills?
A: These are the skills you use as part of a workforce: communication, team working; problem solving and areas that student identify as being challenging.

Q: How will I get to work?
A: We will try and source a placement near to your home or support you to travel independently

Q: How long will the job coach stay with me?
A: The job coach will stay until you no longer need them

How often do I have to come to college?
You come into college one day a week and spend over 14 hours a week in work