Workshop from Learner to Intern (Employee)
With currently only 6% of learners with ALN finding work in Wales, all partners set out to improve this figure. This project involved all stakeholders (Cardiff and Vales College, ELITE,Cardiff University – funded by Engage to Change, through the Big Lottery) slightly changing the way in which they traditionally worked with learners with ALN in Further education. The heart of the project, ensured learners transition into employment was supported with a person-centred approach to learning.
The learners are supported by an instructor and job coach. All 11 Interns have an opportunity to try three different internships, one per academic term. The types of internships vary according to the vocational profile of the learner. Types of internships include chemistry lab technician, data collection and coffee shop assistant. All learners are given real jobs within the organisation and these jobs are chunked into job roles, with a layered approach to learning taking place. With roles broken down using a task analysis methodology.
The interns arrive at 9am and participate in an hour of an employability curriculum, which is then embedded into the real work environment. At the end of the day they then recap on what went well and complete a daily log to record activities.
With the headline data for the first year showing that we are expecting 72% of learners to gain paid employment.
Tom Snelsgrove, Cardiff & Vale College.