SUPPORTED internship programme creates future prospects for additional learning students.
A South Essex College student studying on the additional learning programme has secured an internship with Southend organisation, 24 fingers, to become a social media marketing guru.
The supported internship programme is aimed at students who have additional needs or learning difficulties and are ready for the world of work. It helps them take the next step into sustainable employment through internships that last between six months and one year.
Krista Hoare, 22, has cerebral palsy, but is not letting this get in the way of her ambitions to pursue a career in journalism. She said: “I was really happy when the supported internship found me a placement with 24 Fingers as I would someday like to become a journalist. My job coach Lisa has been so supportive, and Emma at 24 Fingers has been very kind and welcoming. I am very excited to see where this internship journey will take me.”
Krista will be supported in the first six weeks of the internship programme, and the supported internship team will work with 24 fingers to create a specific support plan, aimed at meeting Krista’s particular goals.
Lisa Bennett, Learning Progression Job Coach at South Essex College, said: “Having Krista joining us this year on the programme has been a real joy, she is a determined young lady who doesn’t allow her difficulties to get in her way.”“Krista wanted to pursue a career in social media and we were overjoyed to have 24 fingers coming on board with us as a new employer.
Emma has welcomed Krista into the company and has already made her feel part of the team. This will be a rewarding and meaningful experience for Krista and for us here at South Essex College.”
Emma Goode, CEO of 24 fingers, said: “We’re always looking to nurture the next generation of home-grown talent here at 24 fingers, so when the chance came up for us to join this brilliant programme, we jumped at it.
The whole team is looking forward to getting to know and working with Krista, and it’s great to be part of such an important initiative. Diversity and inclusion in business aren’t just buzzwords, they’re the future.”