Valuable experience for vulnerable learners

Fifteen Hull College students will be offered supported internships in industries they want to work in through a pilot scheme for vulnerable students and those with learning difficulties and disabilities.

The scheme will combine real life experience in placements of students’ choice with classroom-based study towards an OCN City & Guilds qualification in work skills.

Alex Edmonds, 19, who starts his internship this month, said: “I felt excited when I heard about the course, because I wanted a way to get into sports coaching, but I wasn’t sure how to do it. Now I’m going to Soccer Sensations and I can’t wait, I feel really good about it.”

If the course is successful when the six-month internships end, similar schemes could be implemented nationally.

Claire Guynan, supported internship coordinator at Hull, said: “The pilot scheme offers a great balance between time with an employer and time in the college and because the students are vulnerable, or have additional learning support needs it’s an opportunity they might not otherwise
have had.”