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Supported Internships

We can help you to access enthusiastic individuals looking for work placements to help their future career. Matching your business to one or more of these learners comes at no cost to you.

Created for your business

What is a Supported Internship?

  • An opportunity created between you the employer and us, the college, supporting people aged 16-25 with a disability or complex learning need into paid employment.
  • A training programme completed mainly in the workplace over a period of six months.
  • A training programme where the employer and the learner are fully-supported by the college to ensure the experience is positive for all involved.

The benefit to you the employer

  • Access to potentially excellent employees, directly linked to your local college with a great support network.
  • A true reflection in your own workplace that people come from all walks of life.
  • Enhanced reputation as an employer who is confident to employ those with disabilities.
  • Provide your existing staff with opportunities for their own development by encouraging them to take on mentoring duties.
  • Demonstrate clear compliance with the 2010 Equality Act and gain local recognition as a Disability Confident employer.

What do we need from you, the employer?

  • A placement lasting at least six months.
  • An opportunity for the intern to ‘earn’ permanent employment status at the end of the placement.
  • A genuine opportunity for the intern to develop valuable life and employability skills.

What job roles are we looking for?

  • Particularly entry level roles.
  • A range of roles that help the intern to develop new skills.
  • If you are unsure if your roles might fit, please contact us to discuss further.

What support will we provide?

  • A trained job coach who will work with you and the intern to ensure they are able to do the tasks required.
  • Guidance on making responsible adjustments.
  • Regular reviews.
  • Support in the workplace.
  • Advice, guidance and training for you, your intern and your other staff members.
  • Optional disability awareness training.

Employing an intern

We hope that you won’t want to let your intern go at the end of their placement but there is no commitment to offer ongoing employment.

Putting disabled people at the heart of your workforce can help to grow your business.

Contact us

To find out more, please contact Louise Pilter, supported internship job coach.

Why choose West Notts?

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98.8% A Level pass rate in 2019

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Best A Level provider in Mansfield and Ashfield for student progress*

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One of the top colleges in the UK for student satisfaction**

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An extensive bus service across Mansfield and the surrounding area

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£50m investment in our facilities since 2008

*Value added is a measure of a student’s progress against their starting point
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