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Supported Internship Programmes equip young people with special education or health needs with the skills and experience they need to gain paid employment. Funded by Access to Work, the college provides pupils aged 16 to 24, with a work coach, 10 month work placement and time at college, sixth form or internship provider, to complete some off the job learning.

Whilst work coaches provide vital support, they can’t be with students 24/7. So, when on placement, beyond the work coaches’ reach, it can be especially tough for many students with a mental health condition, autism or learning disability. A change in routine or unexpected event, can cause extreme anxiety and impact the success of a placement.

Brain in Hand helps colleges, sixth forms and internship providers to extend their support, helping students with autism, a mental health condition or learning disability to feel confident, able to access support 24 hours a day, wherever they are. 55% of students on a Supported Internship Programme using Brain in Hand secure employment.

How does it work?

With Brain in Hand, students can access the plans, reminders and coping strategies developed with their work coach in between their sessions. They can monitor their anxiety levels and, if needed, discretely receive extra help whenever and wherever they are, to keep their day on track. Staff can see how students are feeling at all times, monitoring progress and identifying new issues where the student may need extra help.

Students using the system have seen a reduction in anxiety, experienced fewer crisis events and have started to solve their own problems and travel independently. All independence skills vital for success in work.

And when ready to progress from the Supported Internship Programme into paid employment, students can access Brain in Hand as an ongoing support system using Access to Work funding.

How do we get it?

We work with colleges to put together a package to meet your needs and can support you in any grant applications. To receive a quote and support for your application, email or call 01392 247909.

Brain in Hand helps us to develop resilience in our learners, so they can cope with the workplace. Knowing support is at hand, to help them get through the working day, and manage their emotions, helps learners relax and be successful.

Paul Cooke, Principal, Hereward College

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