Knowsley Community College Wins Prestigious Award
November 24, 2017
Knowsley Community College is celebrating after winning the prestigious Knowsley Business Award in recognition of their innovative Supported Internship Programme. The Corporate Social Responsibility Award, recognises the contribution of a business or organisation to social responsibilities.
The awards which took place at the spectacular Grand Marquee in the grounds of Knowsley Safari celebrate the creativity, ingenuity and commitment of the individuals and organisations that are driving forward Knowsley’s economic success.
The Supported Internship Programme was developed in early May last year by the College in partnership with Knowsley Council. It gives students with special education needs and disabilities an opportunity to prepare for their future career through mentored work placements, both at the Council and in the wider community.
The win comes in light of BBC’s Breakfast Special Education Needs series #BBCSend featured all this week, reporting that 40% of young people in England need access to SEND support at some point in their school life. The series focuses on original news stories, providing a heart-warming insight into the lives of young people with special education needs and disabilities.
The Programme at Knowsley College, runs over an academic year, allowing interns to experience up to three work placements whilst also being supported by an assigned Job Coach and Job Tutor. Students gain a range of valuable skills while in their placements including customer service, food hygiene and office etiquette.
The Programme has already witnessed success since it launched in September 2016 with all 11 interns successfully securing permanent and voluntary roles.
Former intern Terry Smith now works as a Catering Assistant at Kirkby High School and is thoroughly enjoying his new role in which he prepares, cooks and serves staff and students breakfast and lunch meals. Terry highly commended his experience, saying; “I’ve never been happier. I’m so excited to get up and go to work every day. All my work friends are great too, everyone is really nice.”
Gill Banks Principal at Knowsley Community College commented on their award win saying, “It’s frustrating to hear that just 6% of adults in England with learning difficulties are in paid employment. I am extremely proud of our Supported Internship Team who have worked tirelessly to support the needs of our students and help secure them positions in to paid employment or voluntary roles. Winning the award for Corporate Social Responsibility substantiates the work that has been put into this programme.”
To find out more information on the Supported Internship Programme visit: www.knowsleycollege.ac.uk/supported-learning