Hereward expands its work placement programme with regional housing provider

Nine young people from Hereward College are experiencing work in the housing sector thanks to an expanding partnership with WM Housing Group.

As a college for young people with disabilities and additional needs, Hereward provides its learners with a varied curriculum that focuses on skills for independent living and employment.

The nine students are all doing a supported internship with the organisation with a view to gaining valuable experience across whole range of areas including cleaning, property services, neighbourhoods, lettings customer services, ICT, facilities, finance and governance.

Supported internships are a work based study programme aimed at young people (aged 16 to 24) who have an education, health and care plan, and need extra support to move into employment.

Mark Maffey, Business Development Manager at Hereward College said:

“We are into the second year of our partnership with WM Housing and the support and encouragement the organisation provides to our students is invaluable.

“With statistics showing that people with learning difficulties having a 7% likelihood of finding paid employment, the supported internship programme goes some way to increasing the employment chances for young people with disabilities.  One of our interns took on a permanent position within WM Housing Group in the summer – a testament to the benefits of this type of partnership.”

Claire Hardwick, Head of Community Investment at WM Housing said:

“Our first year as part of the programme was very successful and we have significantly expanded our offer to include two extra sites, and treble our intern intake.

“It is also a great opportunity for the staff at WM Housing who benefit enormously from working alongside the supported interns and watch them grow and develop during the course of the programme. We were delighted that Luke successfully applied for a permanent position within our Cleanworks team in the summer – he’s making a real success of the job. We are enjoying  working with Hereward and our new supported  interns – who started in September and have settled in really well.”