As part of the personalised learning offer at Blueberry Academy, young people can access Supported Internships.
These programmes have a minimum of 2 days per week in the workplace, with functional skills, independent living skills and employability offered alongside.
Interns are supported by a job coach, and support is “faded out” as the intern becomes more independent at their tasks and duties.
Blueberry works with a range of employers within the city and are currently supporting 12 internships with York St John University, City of York Council, Ambiente Restaurant, Vangarde at Monks Cross and Waitrose.
Our information, advice and guidance team looks at the full range of needs a person has and supports trainees to explore employment options either with the placement provider or to apply for other opportunities which match their skills and abilities.
Supported Internships can be an immediate option for some people, though it may also suit as a second year following on from an initial year of personalised learning on an employment pathway.