Publish date: 11 June 2024

Students who had been taking part in the Trust’s Supported Intern Programme came together on Wednesday 5 June to celebrate their graduation.

The interns were joined for their graduation by the Trust’s Chief Executive Karen James OBE and Director of People and OD Amanda Bromley.

The Trust’s supported internships provide a structured, work-based study programme for young people (16–24-year-olds) with special educational needs or a disability, helping them develop the skills needed for sustained paid employment.

The interns typically spend around 70% of their week in a work placement and the remaining time in college. Interns receive in-work support from a job coach, who supports both them and their employers during these placements.

The interns joined the Trust in September 2013 and it has been humbling to see how far they’ve come in such a short time.

All of this year’s interns have been fantastic, but special mention should be given to Alex Freeman who was named Intern of the Year by Tameside College.

Alex received the accolade for outstanding commitment to the Supported Internship Programme, he’s been a model student throughout whose manners and levels of personal presentation are second to none.

Congratulations to Alex, the huge contribution he made to the Trust during his time working with our portering team has been truly appreciated.

Thank you to all the staff and teams that have supported our interns over the last academic year.

Find out more about the Supported Internship Programme