Hereward College has partnered with national automotive supplier, Arlington Automotive, to provide work placement and supported internship opportunities for young people with disabilities.
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.
Adelaide Tongesai, Cleopatra Jones and Pedro Alves have just started a 10 month long supported internship with Arlington Automotive working in aftermarket packing and car part assembly at the company’s Coventry based plant.
Supported internships are a 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.
Cath Ball, Job Coach at Hereward College says:
“The students have really embraced the working opportunities Arlington Automotive has to offer, are making the most of the different job roles, and enjoying meeting new people.”
Arlington Automotive has a real commitment to work experience support and has partnered with a number of organisations to provide opportunities to those who face additional challenges accessing the world of work. The company has had over 100 people from schools, colleges and other support organisations go through a work experience programme in the last year.
Jane Billson, Group HR Manager at Arlington Automotive says:
“Providing these kind of opportunities is at the heart of what we do and we have noticed some really significant improvements in the levels of confidence and self-esteem with the people that have worked with us, with many going on to find employment.
“We have worked with Hereward for many years now and the support from the college is second to none. The attitude and positivity of the students never ceases to impress and they have gone someway to contributing to our ongoing success. We are looking forward to helping our interns go even further this year.”