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Award-winning training scheme welcomes two more students

Updated: 28/01/2019

An award-winning training programme that supports young people with additional needs has welcomed two more Sheffield College students.

Award-winning training scheme welcomes two more students

The Sheffield College's supported internship scheme won Amey a RIDI (Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative) Award last year.

Amey, which delivers Sheffield Council’s highways maintenance contract, has recruited two more supported interns as part of a programme with The Sheffield College.

Megan and Callum will now complete eight months of work experience with Streets Ahead, coupled with college-based employability training and maths and English lessons.

At the end of it, they could get the chance to join a formal apprenticeship with Amey, one of the UK’s leading consulting and infrastructure companies.

Megan and Callum are already proving to be great assets, according to Streets Ahead. Megan is working in an admin role, while Callum splits his time between general maintenance and stores.

Helen Johnson, Community and Employee Engagement officer at Streets Ahead, said: “This is our fourth cohort of young people to join an internship with us since we joined the scheme in 2016.”

She added: “It’s been just as good for us as it has been for the ten young people who have worked with us so far. They learn so many skills and grow in confidence when they’re with us. Four of them have gone on to become apprentices and are working towards formal qualifications. It’s great to see.”

The scheme won Amey a RIDI (Recruitment Industry Disability Initiative) Award last year. The team, who attended a parliamentary reception in November last year, has now been asked to host a RIDI event in Sheffield next year.

Angela Foulkes, Chief Executive and Principal, The Sheffield College, said: “I’m really proud of the supported internship scheme, and of Megan and Callum, which is helping our students go further and develop the skills to succeed in life and the workplace.”

She added: “I’m delighted that this programme is being backed by Amey and other major regional employers, their support in transforming the lives of young people who can face barriers to employment is invaluable.”

The supported internship scheme provides students, aged 16 to 24, who have learning difficulties and disabilities, with work placements to help them develop confidence as well as employability and social skills and an opportunity to go into employment.

Interns typically undertake supported real job roles with an employer in the morning and have employability training such as maths and English at the College in the afternoon.

The Amey interns are being supported in the workplace by College job coach David Lincoln who provides mentoring.

For more information about the programme, please contact the College on 0114 2602600 or email employer@sheffcol.ac.uk