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Hereward learners experience world of mission critical communications

Hereward College is working with national mission critical communications company, Airwave, to deliver supported internships to its learners.

From September 2016, four young people from the college will take part in the 12 month study programme at Airwave’s Rugby offices in the areas of IT, customer service and security.

Supported internships are a platform for young adults with additional needs to develop work based skills and gain a qualification in a structured way.  The interns work alongside a Job Coach who provides support and direction throughout the placement.

The college already has established supported internship programmes running with National Grid and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) and has recently received the national Work Experience Quality Standard accreditation at gold level, awarded by Fair Train, in recognition of its efforts.

Jon Clugston, Hereward's Vice Principal for Student Independence & Progression said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Airwave to move forward on what is proving to be a very successful programme providing employment opportunities for young people with disabilities.

Statistics show that young people with learning disabilities only have a 7% likelihood of finding paid employment and the college is committed to providing high quality work experience schemes to ensure that all our learners can further develop their skills and experience in order to reach their potential.”

Supported internships provide a valuable experience of work, assisting with the development of both technical and transferable skills. Fair Train is working with the National Association of Specialist Colleges (Natspec), and the Department for Work and Pensions, to try and increase the number of supported internships offered by employers.

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