We launched our Skills Bridge (supported internship) Programme in September last year. The students are all settled into their work placements now and we wanted to share a little update of how everyone is getting on.
We know many young adults with learning disabilities and autism would like the opportunity to work. HS4LC's Skills Bridge is a supported internship programme aimed at giving young people the opportunity to develop their skills and get into sustainable paid employment. Alongside work placements interns are further developing their work skills through enterprise projects, employability and life skills workshops and participating in a fitness programme with our gym instructor.
Lets see what everyone has been upto...
Kallum is working in the Gardening team at Rudding Park, he is well settled into his work placement now and is enjoying his days at Rudding Park. Kallum has been getting hands on and keeping busy weeding, cutting back and clearing leaves and is very happy at how welcoming all his team have been to him.
Alex is working in the stores/warehouse at ESS Defence. Alex is enjoying his time in his work placement and is learning how to pick and pack items for the soldiers. Alex is enjoying been kept busy and working with his colleagues.
Dylan is working in the Catering department at ESS Defence. Dylan is really enjoying his time at ESS Defence and has been learning all the cleaning processes involved with working in the large catering hall. Dylan enjoys the surroundings and says that all the staff are very friendly and helped him to feel part of the team.
Jake is working in the busy Maintenance department onsite at ESS Defence at the Army Foundation College. Jake has thoroughly enjoyed learning new skills and been kept busy doing all different jobs from fixing doors to painting. Jake is very happy with his colleagues and feels part of the team.
Rachel has been working in the Housekeeping department at Crowne Plaza. Rachel has really enjoyed the experience and is now looking to pursue a work placement in the care sector.
Sophie has been in the main Catering hall at ESS Defence but has recently transferred to a smaller catering unit that offers table service. Sophie is really enjoying her time in her work placement.
Liv is working in the Food and Beverage team at Rudding Park. Liv is delighted with her placement and colleagues she is working with. Liv has said that everyone is extremely friendly and good at helping her to learn the job. Liv has been learning the process for setting up lunch, afternoon tea and dinner and all the different napkin folds these settings require!
We want to thank Rudding Park, ESS Defence at the Army Foundation College and Crowne Plaza for their ongoing support and commitment to the HS4LC Skills Bridge Programme.
If you would like any information on the 2019/20 Skills Bridge Programme, you can call us on 01423 593719 or click here to download the leaflet.
Keep posted for more photos and updates from the Skills Bridge students coming soon!