Employers invited to find out why supported interns can have such a positive effect on business

Warwickshire County Council, supported by the Careers and Enterprise Company and the DFN Foundation, will host an event at Nuneaton Golf Club on Friday 12 July to share with businesses how providing supported internships to people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) can not only help the young person but also benefit the business.

This event follows the successful inaugural Supportive Employers Inc. forum which took place last month and was attended by more than 40 representatives from business.

These events are designed to create a network of businesses that offer work experience and also potentially offer apprenticeships to people with SEND. The events bring businesses together to share ideas and best practice on providing supported internships, as well as help employers understand the technicalities behind taking on a supported internship so that the intern’s needs are met and appropriate adjustments made to the workplace.

At the event on 12 July, businesses will hear how providing supported internships provides a pipeline of talent, with people with SEND consistently displaying great attention to detail, and a conscientious approach to duties and attendance. Supported internships also give businesses the opportunity to make efficiencies via job carving – identifying specific tasks that might be assigned to an employee with learning difficulties.

Furthermore, providing a supported internship has an overall positive effect on staff morale, increasing disability confidence in employees, enhancing staff skills and increasing the bond created within teams.

Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Leader of Warwickshire County Council says: “The county council’s ambition is to help 100 young people into supported internships by the end of the academic year of 2020/21 and we are working with and encouraging a range of different employers in the region to get involved.

“We are also looking at ways we can increase our own take up of interns. We hear time and time again from businesses how offering supported internships benefits not just the interns, but also the businesses themselves, and all those that work there. I hope as many local firms as possible will come along to this event on 12 July to find out more about this initiative and how it can work for their business.”

At the event, businesses will learn about:

Managing the relationships between businesses and schools.

Warwickshire County Council’s Apprenticeship Levy – £1.2m which will be used to support apprenticeships in the region.

How to access support from the Department for Work and Pensions.

Businesses will also hear from a young person who who took part in a supported internship – what impact it had on their life, and how it led on to an Inclusive Apprenticeship.

If you’d like to attend this event please click here or to find out more, please contact faywinterburn@warwickshire.gov.uk on 01926 412216