Supported Internship students have partnered with Leonardo Helicopters UK

Yeovil College Supported Intern students have partnered with Leonardo Helicopters UK and Project Search to deliver the very finest range of supported work placements.

The supported internships are structured, work-based study programs for 14-16-year-olds with SEND, who also have an EHCP, with the aim of providing the interns with the best opportunity of securing a role within a host business.

Julie Young from Somerset Council, said: “Somerset Council are thrilled to be working with Leonardo, Sodexo and Kuehne Nagal to deliver their inspirational and innovative Supported Internships. The programme enables young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities to learn essential work and technical skills, on the job, with the support of specialist job coaches.

“The supported Internship demonstrates partnership at its very best – including Yeovil College providing the educational elements, Discovery’s job coaches and Leonardo coordinating and providing an exciting range of workplaces for interns.

“The aim of Supported Internships is to enable participants to move into permanent employment either with the host company or with another employer, and Leonardo are certainly helping to address the current situation, where only 5% of SEND young people nationally are in sustained employment.”

The Interns are supported on site at Leonardo by Georgina Johnson from Discovery, who will be their work coach during their time on site. Their placements are also supplemented by two classroom-based sessions each day, one at the start and the end if each working day. These are delivered by Lucy-Ella Robinson from Yeovil College.

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