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Supported Internship at Derby College

Course description

This course is aimed at existing learners with additional learning needs who need support to move into paid employment. The structured study programme includes on-the-job training provided by expert job coaches, and the chance to study for relevant qualifications where appropriate.  As part of the course, you will also develop work-readiness skills and work-related maths and English skills.

Course content

The majority of the learner’s time will be spent at an employer’s premises. The delivery model will be phased: therefore learners will spend more time in the workplace as the year progresses. Initially learners will participate in job matching activities, travel training (if required) and work placement tasters. Stretching learning goals are set, including English and maths. Where it is appropriate, other qualifications relevant to the workplace will be undertaken after consultation with the employer.

Entry requirements

All applicants must have a Learning Difficulty Assessment (LDA) or Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).  All applicants will have an individual guidance interview to assess their needs and suitability for the course. 


An individual portfolio of evidence will be produced and is assessed throughout the year.  You will select a maths, English and personal target which will be reviewed every half term.  There will be exams in Functional English and Maths if appropriate.  Learning support needs will be assessed by the employer, job coach and tutor on a regular basis. 

Future opportunities

Should the intern meet the required standard, there is the potential for a paid job at the end of the programme.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Derby College directly.

Last updated date: 31 March 2016

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    • The Roundhouse houses our Engineering Academy, a state-ofthe- art facility that equips learners with skills to meet the needsof our large employers and their supply chains.

      The campus also includes the Hudson Building, home to our Construction Academy, which supports the demand for trained and qualified construction professionals. The nearby Johnson Building provides superb resources for learners wishing to pursue a career in the motor vehicle sector and acts as a hub for much of our partnership work with employers