Stepping Up is our provision for Supported Internships, a personalised and flexible study programme designed to meet individual needs and increase the chance of securing paid employment upon completion. The majority of each student’s learning is spent with a local employer and focuses on developing relevant skills in a particular job role or employment sector. Students spend 1 day per week in a classroom environment on a programme that includes functional English and Maths skills, preparation for work and job-related study such as Food Hygiene and Health and Safety. Experienced Job Coaches work closely with each employer and intern to facilitate learning and personal development.
Stepping Up is a one year programme delivered during term time. At the end of the programme students are supported to search for and apply for jobs and to attend interviews. 50% of interns in the first cohort successfully transitioned into paid employment on completion of the programme.