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Supported Internship Programme

The Supported Internship Programme is a partnership between St Helens College and St Helens Council, aimed at giving young people, aged 16-25, the opportunity to gain valuable work experience, which could lead to future employment or voluntary work.

How long will it take to complete the programme?

The programme starts in September and runs over one academic year, giving interns the chance to experience a full-time work placement throughout the year.

What does the programme involve?

Each intern will spend four days a week in a work placement, gaining valuable skills and experience and one day a week at Peter Street Centre in St Helens, developing their English, maths and employability skills with their Job Coach and Employability Tutor.

In order to find the right placement for the intern, the intern will complete a vocational profile. This will help us to determine the intern's interests and preferences of work placement. It will document any past experiences of paid or voluntary work and also identify their strengths and abilities. It will also highlight their support needs within the working environment and how these can be met.

Am I eligible to join this programme?

To be eligible to join, the applicant will need to be aged 16-25 and have an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP).

If you do not have an EHCP but feel you would be suitable for the programme, please contact either Helen Dann or Dawn Simm to discuss this further (please see 'Additional Information' below for their contact details).

What support will I receive during my internship?

Each intern will be assigned a Mentor in the workplace. The Mentor will be the first point of contact if the intern needs any help or support or is experiencing any difficulties.

The Mentor will help the intern to learn and understand their job role and if needed, they will meet the intern each morning on arrival and explain their daily tasks and duties. As the role progresses and the interns get to know their role, this support may ease and may no longer be required.

The Mentor will work closely with the Job Coach and Employability Tutor to identify any areas of support that the intern may need in the workplace.

What are the benefits of completing this programme?

The intern will have:

  • Increased their levels of confidence and independence
  • The ability to develop new skills within an active work environment
  • Demonstrated their value in the workplace and will feel like they are making a positive contribution
  • Changed employers perceptions
  • Changed their families' perceptions
  • Gained valuable experience to add to their CV
  • Improved their maths and English, making them more prepared for work
  • Met new people and developed a wider social circle
  • Gained financial independence, if placement has resulted in paid employment

Additional Information

If you are interested in joining the programme, please contact:

Andrew Rimmer,
Supported Internship Co-ordinator,
01744 671101 / 07895214440
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Dawn Simm,
Supported Learning Job Coach,
01744 623358 / 07785 624 850
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Ref: Andrew Rimmer/Dawn Simm

Why study a Supported Internship Programme with us?

Develop Key Skills

Develop your English, maths, communication and employability skills.


You are fully supported by a Job Coach, Mentor and Employability Tutor.

Enhance CV

You will have gained valuable experience to add to your CV.

Paid Employment

This programme could lead to paid employment.

Be Social

You'll meet new people and develop a wider social circle.

Increased Confidence

You will have increased your levels of confidence and independence.