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27th March 2024

Celebrating National Supported Internship Day

Celebrating National Supported Internship Day: City of Liverpool College Partners with HMRC to Offer Supported Internships for SEN Students

Today, on National Supported Internship Day, we take a moment to celebrate a successful collaboration with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in offering supported internships for young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). This ongoing initiative provides valuable work experience and career stepping stones for six neurodiverse students.

Since the beginning of the year, this fully-funded programme by Liverpool City Council has offered our students a structured transition from college to the workforce. Interns have gained valuable experience working as Administrative Officers at HMRC’s Liverpool office, tackling tasks like managing inboxes and spreadsheets.

We understand the importance of comprehensive support. Students receive daily employability skills training from dedicated City of Liverpool College educators. Additionally, a dedicated job coach from the charity Hft acts as a vital link between interns and HMRC. This coaching helps them understand their roles, refine workplace skills, and boost their confidence and competitiveness in the job market.

HMRC remains the first government department to partner with DFN Project Search for supported internships specifically focused on SEND students. This initiative tackles the UK’s underemployment rate for young people with SEND, currently estimated at less than five percent, DFN Project Search connects employers, colleges, and local authorities to create internship programs that empower young people with disabilities.

Harry Heavyside, a 19-year-old intern, shares his experience: “I’ve become more confident and optimistic about the future. I would recommend this to anyone. You’re not alone. It sounds like a big step, but it’s life changing. Get involved and find a place that fits you.”

National Supported Internship Day reminds us of the importance of programmes like this that empower young people with SEND. The City of Liverpool College is proud to be a part of this ongoing initiative, fostering a skilled and diverse workforce for the future.

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