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NHS Supported Internship Program - Project Choice

Description

Who we are:

Project Choice is a Specialist Post-16 College providing a person-centred, individually-tailored Supported Internship to young adults with learning difficulties, disabilities and/or Autism. Through the Internship, 16-24 year olds gain work experience, develop independence skills and increase their employability.

What we do:

Our service is bespoke, offering tailored support to each Intern and employment opportunities are matched to the individual’s skills. Project Choice aims to empower Interns and build their confidence as individuals in the workplace, while also offering life experience beyond their home and school environments.

About the engagement process:

Project Choice holds formal awareness sessions at schools and other local authority venues but we are also happy to come and speak with interested young people and parents and/or carers in other settings, e.g. at home or school on a one-to-one basis.

The assessment process:

Potential interns will be invited to a fun day for us to meet the young person and assess whether Project Choice can meet their needs.

Internship length:

The Internship comprises up to three placements, lasting 10-12 weeks each, throughout the academic year. Students who successfully complete their Internship will leave the College with an employability qualification accredited by NCFE. And where appropriate, a math and English qualification at a level higher than previously achieved.

Support for Interns:

Interns are supported by a Workplace Mentor, Project Coordinator and a Project Manager.

Work experience available to Interns:

The Project Choice Supported Internship is delivered within NHS organisations, the independent sector and private business. Project Choice Interns have provided valuable assistance in a huge variety of roles, including:

  • Care
  • Pharmacy
  • Clinical coding
  • Human resources
  • Information services
  • Education
  • Grounds maintenance
  • Receptions
  • Domestic services
  • Catering
  • Post room
  • Central stores

What a week as an Intern looks like:

Interns spend four days per week in work, with one day in the classroom. In the classroom, Interns learn about employment and develop employability skills, as well as having study time to improve Maths and English.

Support at the end of the Internship:

Our staff continue to support our Interns post completion of the Internship. Sustaining employment is key to us, and we are committed to helping Interns achieve their goals.

This support includes:

  • Pastoral support
  • Professional support in meetings, e.g appraisals, occupational health, etc.
  • Coaching preparation for progression interviews

Parking and accessibility
Activities organised at multiple locations.
Registered service and regulatory body

Registered with OFSTED and run by Health Education England, part of the NHS.

Staff training and experience

Project Choice offers robust stakeholder training which can include:

  • Mentor training
  • Mental health first aid
  • Autism awareness training
  • Training in systematic instruction
  • Job coach training

We also use job coaches where Interns require additional support

The College employs specialist tutors directly. We have an ESFA-approved curriculum, and all of our education provision is subject to Ofsted Inspection and DFE regulations. In January 2020 Project Choice was awarded a Good Provider Rating by Ofsted.

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Description

Who we are:

Project Choice is a Specialist Post-16 College providing a person-centred, individually-tailored Supported Internship to young adults with learning difficulties, disabilities and/or Autism. Through the Internship, 16-24 year olds gain work experience, develop independence skills and increase their employability.

What we do:

Our service is bespoke, offering tailored support to each Intern and employment opportunities are matched to the individual’s skills. Project Choice aims to empower Interns and build their confidence as individuals in the workplace, while also offering life experience beyond their home and school environments.

About the engagement process:

Project Choice holds formal awareness sessions at schools and other local authority venues but we are also happy to come and speak with interested young people and parents and/or carers in other settings, e.g. at home or school on a one-to-one basis.

The assessment process:

Potential interns will be invited to a fun day for us to meet the young person and assess whether Project Choice can meet their needs.

Internship length:

The Internship comprises up to three placements, lasting 10-12 weeks each, throughout the academic year. Students who successfully complete their Internship will leave the College with an employability qualification accredited by NCFE. And where appropriate, a math and English qualification at a level higher than previously achieved.

Support for Interns:

Interns are supported by a Workplace Mentor, Project Coordinator and a Project Manager.

Work experience available to Interns:

The Project Choice Supported Internship is delivered within NHS organisations, the independent sector and private business. Project Choice Interns have provided valuable assistance in a huge variety of roles, including:

  • Care
  • Pharmacy
  • Clinical coding
  • Human resources
  • Information services
  • Education
  • Grounds maintenance
  • Receptions
  • Domestic services
  • Catering
  • Post room
  • Central stores

What a week as an Intern looks like:

Interns spend four days per week in work, with one day in the classroom. In the classroom, Interns learn about employment and develop employability skills, as well as having study time to improve Maths and English.

Support at the end of the Internship:

Our staff continue to support our Interns post completion of the Internship. Sustaining employment is key to us, and we are committed to helping Interns achieve their goals.

This support includes:

  • Pastoral support
  • Professional support in meetings, e.g appraisals, occupational health, etc.
  • Coaching preparation for progression interviews

Opening times

Mondays 8.30am-5pm

Tuesdays 8.30am-5pm

Wednesdays 8.30am-5pm

Thursdays 8.30am-5pm

Fridays 8.30am-5pm

Age
16-24
How to access
  • You can self refer by calling
  • You can self refer with an online form or email
Who is this for?
  • Any type of disability or learning difficulty
  • Anyone with a disability or SEN, diagnosis not needed.
Family involvement
  • Familiy can only support and not take part