Supporting Inclusion for SEND and Vulnerable Groups

SAVE THE DATE! Don’t miss Warwickshire’s Supported Internships Fair – 30th November 2023

Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn more about Supported Internships in Warwickshire and the benefits for young people! 

Warwickshire County Council is hosting a special twilight event on Thursday 30 November 2023 for education professionals, local businesses, young people, and their families, to share new guidance and information available to support young people across the county into supported internships. 

Supported Internships are work-based study programmes for young people, aged 16 to 24, who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and want to move into employment, but need some extra support. 

As well as giving young people the opportunity to develop the transferrable skills and knowledge needed for a paid job, Supported Internships can also help with improving confidence, self-esteem, and a social life. You can see a fantastic example of the positive impact of a supported internship by watching the case-study of Rhiannon and Matthew, two Warwickshire young people who are now enjoying full-time employment at The Heart of England Forest. Read more on this story here, too. 

Who should attend the Supported Internships Fair 

  • Headteachers/principals, SENCos and career leads from education settings in Warwickshire 
  • Young people aged 16-25 years with an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) 
  • Parents and carers of young people aged 16-25 years with an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP)  
  • Local businesses that are interested in hosting supported internships 

Purpose of the event 

The Supported Internships Fair will offer a unique opportunity to: 

  • Learn about the new guidance developed by Warwickshire County Council to improve information available for young people, their parents and carers and businesses and colleges about supported internships, the benefits and what is involved 
  • Hear real stories of successful supported internships from previous interns and business hosts 
  • Find out where to access information about supported internships on Warwickshire’s Local Offer pages 
  • Gain valuable information and network with partner agencies including local colleges, the Department for Work and Pensions, Warwickshire Skills Hub, Prospects, Equip and more. 

When and where 

The drop-in event will take place on Thursday 30 November 2023, from 4pm to 7pm at Compton Verney, Warwickshire, CV35 9HZ. Light refreshments will be provided. 

The venue is accessible with wheelchair access, accessible toilets and allocated accessible car parking.  

Save the date! 

Save the date in your calendars today - Thursday 30 November, 4pm to 7pm. Email invitations will be sent out after half term so please look out for this and let us know if you plan to attend. 

If you don’t receive the invitation or would like more information about the event or the supported internships project, please email SENDchange@warwickshire.gov.uk. 

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Two Warwickshire students gain full-time employment following successful Supported Internship

Rhiannon, aged 26, and Matthew, aged 21, have embarked on their journey towards promising careers after completing a life-changing supported internship programme with The Heart of England Forest. Watch the video here to find out more about their journey.
Supported internships are study programmes specifically tailored for young people, aged 16 to 24, with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). By providing vital work-based learning opportunities, they can help young people with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) take their first steps towards embarking on a rewarding career. 
Warwickshire County Council (WCC) works in partnership with local colleges, special schools and young people to select suitable placements and to provide ongoing support for the young person and business host throughout the internship and the early stages of any ongoing careers.
The Heart of England Forest’s 10-month supported internship programme has been carefully thought out to provide excellent opportunities for the interns to develop valuable hands-on skills alongside gaining relevant qualifications by completing a personalised study programme. Throughout their placement, Rhiannon and Matthew received one-to-one support from a designated member of the Heart of England Forest team and were guided by an expert job coach to help them carry out tasks and develop their employability skills. When their placement ended in June 2022, they both received support to apply for jobs with the charity and are now enjoying the benefits of full-time employment.  
Thanks to a grant of £105,000 from the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi), WCC is working with partners to improve opportunities for young people to access community-based supported internships across the county.
Read more about The Heart of England programme and Supported Internships in Warwickshire here:
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