Annie's Time on the Supported Internship Programme
Posted: Mon, 01 Aug 2022 12:19
Annie started with us on our Further Education programme in September 2018. Annie, her family and staff all knew Annie had the ability to study on a mainstream college course, but just needed a bit of extra support due to her physical, social and emotional needs.
Annie struggled talking to new people and initially found it difficult when she started at college. She'd had limited social interaction at school but at college people wanted to speak to her. Gradually Annie found that everyone generally gets on and there are always people to talk to.
Annie initially started on the childcare course but felt that is wasn't for her. At the end of the first year she decided to swap to a teaching assistant course which more closely matched to her job goals. Annie started the Level 2 teaching assistant course and really liked the idea of working with primary school aged children.
When Annie completed her Level 2 course and it was clear she was aiming for work, so she moved onto our Supported Internship programme. The pandemic meant it was harder for her to have experience in an external school environment, however she was able to do a placement at College as an Education Support Worker.
Annie has spent this year doing two days a week at Ashmount local special school, for her Supported Internship programme with the remaining day doing Maths, English and IT.
You can read more about Annie's time at college, and how she has felt about her internship by clicking the link below: