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Supported Internship Programme

Catcote Futures student’s Christopher Scott and Rosie Scott are the first two students to participate in our Supported Internship Study Programme

The Internship programme is for young people aged 16-24 with a Learning Difficulty Assessment or Education, Health and Care plan. They provide a personalised and flexible study programme tailored to meet individual needs and increase the chance of sustaining paid employment upon completion of the programme.

The programme links up with employers to give students with Special Educational Needs the chance to prepare for full time employment.

Chris is carrying out his Internship with Hartlepool Borough Council’s Centre for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL) where he has gained so much confidence during his time there. He has acquired many new skills, including preparing lunches, buffets and meals for a range of catering functions and event, the invaluable skills and experience have certainly set him in good stead in looking for employment when he finishes in July this year.

Staff at the CETL are delighted with his progress and say he has become a integral part of the team.

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Rosie has been working in Footprints Day Nursery, Rosie delights in the contact of the young children there. She is using her knowledge of Makaton signs to support the communication of children for whom English is a second language. She is beginning to widen her knowledge and skills of the varying work of a Nursery Assistant.

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Both students attend Catcote Academy on a Friday and are working hard to complete accreditation specific to their placements. Chris is working towards a Level 1 in Hospitality and Rosie a Level 1 in the Care Sector.

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This year has seen both students take on new and exciting roles within the world of work, they have stood up to the challenges along the way and with the bespoke and tailored support the programme offers, have been extremely successful. It has put them in an excellent position to seek employment in their chosen careers. A very big step along the road towards employment.