Job success for Hereward student at the Holiday Inn

Luke, a student at Hereward College, has secured paid employment as a result of participating in the college’s supported internship programme.

The college provides young people with disabilities and additional needs with a varied curriculum, including a focus on skills for independent living and employment.

The supported internship programme is a work-based study programme which sees young people attend college one day a week and up to four days on placement with an employer. It’s aimed at young people aged 16 to 24 who have an education, health and care plan, and need extra support to move into employment.

Luke has been doing a supported internship at the Holiday Inn Kenilworth and has made great progress during his time on his placement. He has worked with the reception team at the hotel, handling calls and dealing with customers and also worked as part of the housekeeping and breakfast service teams.

Due to his efforts on the supported internship, Luke has been offered a part-time job at the hotel assisting with breakfast service on the weekend, something Luke says he wouldn’t have been able to do without the support of Hereward College.

Louise Sheepy, Deputy General Manager at Holiday Inn Kenilworth said

“Since Luke has worked here at The Holiday Inn Kenilworth, his confidence has grown and he is an asset to the team. He is always very positive and willing and is a valued member of staff.”

Throughout his time on the programme, Luke has seen a huge change in himself and his self-confidence. With his Job Coach, Marie, noting that “Luke now works very independently, setting his own goals and targets to achieve.”

Now that he has secured a job, Luke hopes that his success can inspire others to do a supported internship, saying “I want them to see that if I can do it, so can they!”

A supported internship is available to all young people aged 16-24 who have an EHC plan and are keen to get into employment.

The college works with a range of partner employers and the young people spend up to 30 hours a week working in different areas to gain valuable experience with the support of an on-site Hereward Job Coach.

The interns also spend one day a week at Hereward College to study a City & Guilds qualification in Employability Skills and can take maths and English qualifications suitable to their level.

If you are interested in applying for a supported internship or are an employer interested in working with the college, please contact employability@hereward.ac.uk