Supported Internships are designed to allow young adults with learning difficulties the opportunity to gain work and life skills. We create a safe and supported environment in which our young people can develop their potential. With support from Industry professionals and a job coach, our learners develop their work skills and benefit from emotional and practical support.
The aim of the program is to expand the reach of Bosco’s Salesian ethos across London. We aim to change the lives of the many London residents living with learning difficulties, who otherwise would not have access to opportunities in the job market.
The program works with an 80/20 split between vocational experience and academics – the emphasis being on practical working skills. The course runs on the academic timetable with the same holidays and Monday – Friday format, from September through to July. Throughout the year, benchmarks for success tailored to each individual are recorded and added to the learner’s CV’s. If at the end of the year they feel they are ready, learners are fully prepared and equip to enter the world of work, but if not, they have still developed their potential and CV to assist them in the future – not to mention the many life skills, such as independent travel and personal finance management, they will have gained.
We currently work with Sofitel Hotel in St James and run our own Coffee shop locally, aptly named Boscoffee. Learners enter their teams in September and incrementally take on more responsibility with the support of other team members and their Job Coach as the year progresses. The aim is that support from the job coach will decrease as the learner becomes more confident and skilled in each area of their work and more integrated into the working team without additional support.