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News: Employ­ment suc­cess for our sup­port­ed learn­ing students

Students holding their awards
Students holding their awards

In Jan­u­ary 2022, we launched a sup­port­ed intern­ship pro­gramme in part­ner­ship with Not­ting­ham Uni­ver­si­ty Hos­pi­tals (NUH) which aims to improve employ­a­bil­i­ty skills, inde­pen­dence and employ­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties for young peo­ple with Autism Spec­trum Dis­or­ders and learn­ing disabilities.

The DFN Project SEARCH intern­ship has proven to be a huge suc­cess and ear­li­er this month we held a cel­e­bra­tion event in recog­ni­tion of our interns’ achieve­ments and com­ple­tion of the programme.

Over the past few months, learn­ers took on a vari­ety of roles across five NUH depart­ments, includ­ing food pro­duc­tion, food ser­vices, domes­tic ser­vices, secu­ri­ty and logis­tics. They gained invalu­able work expe­ri­ence, and, because of the pro­gramme 8 stu­dents are tran­si­tion­ing into paid employ­ment and 3 are going through the appli­ca­tion process and are already signed up with an NHS employ­ment agency.

We have a long track record of sup­port­ing stu­dents with learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties and/​or dis­abil­i­ties (SLDD) and offer a huge range of cours­es specif­i­cal­ly designed to meet the needs of stu­dents between the ages of 16 and 24 who have a learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ty and/​or dis­abil­i­ty to help them reach their full potential.

Not­ting­ham Col­lege Pro­gramme Lec­tur­er, Deb­bie Brown who played a key role in sup­port­ing the stu­dents dur­ing their intern­ship said It has been an amaz­ing year, a few bumps along the way, how­ev­er the interns have worked so hard and have been reward­ed for doing so. It has been a team effort and we couldn’t have done it with­out the sup­port from the hospital.”

The out­stand­ing team at Not­ting­ham Col­lege and Project SEARCH will con­tin­ue to pro­vide excit­ing employ­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties for young adults with spe­cial edu­ca­tion­al needs and disabilities. 

 — Deb­bie Brown, Not­ting­ham Col­lege Pro­gramme Lecturer

Well done to all the interns who have suc­cess­ful­ly secured paid work; and we look for­ward to the next cohort of interns.”

Sup­port­ed Learn­ing Courses

We offer cours­es specif­i­cal­ly designed to meet the needs of stu­dents between the ages of 16 and 24 who have a learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ty and/​or dis­abil­i­ty, and to help them reach their potential.

Ear­li­er this year we learned we had been suc­cess­ful in attract­ing grant fund­ing which will unlock invest­ment totalling £5m in its pro­vi­sion for Stu­dents with Learn­ing Dif­fi­cul­ties and/​or Dis­abil­i­ties (SLDD).

A gov­ern­ment grant of £4m has been award­ed through the FE Trans­for­ma­tion Fund, and togeth­er with £1m from the Col­lege, a new Inde­pen­dent Liv­ing and Employ­a­bil­i­ty Cen­tre will be devel­oped for up to 200 stu­dents who have learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties and/​or disabilities.

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  • 6th July 2022 (1:39 PM)
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