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Supported Internships and Work Related Learning


One of our Year 13 students Sean, completed two placements over the 2022-2023 academic year and we had amazing feedback from both employers. He really has been an excellent employee for them and valued throughout the teams he's been part of. Sean was fully independent travelling to and from his work placements.

This academic year Sean will be working with the Maintenance and Housekeeping teams at the Hilton Hotel Nottingham as well as continuing on his placements from last year.  

Another of our Year 13 students Paige, completed several successful placement's over the 2022-2023 academic year. She loves cooking and being creative so excelled in placements focussed on these areas. 
Paige gained skills and knowledge in all aspects of catering, including food and beverage service, food preparation and health and hygiene whilst working in the Cafe on-site at the Galleries of Justice. She created her own desserts to serve, independently took payments from customers, and used her barista skills to prepare and serve customers. Paige will continue this placement from September 2023 and will also be adding to her skills working in the Hilton Hotel .
Paige is also a semi-independent traveller and will be working towards being fully independent over this coming year. I have no doubt that she can achieve this.

Across the 14-19 phase students identified as in their final year of education at Foxwood are offered the opportunity to participate in supported internships and undertake work placements as part of their curriculum. This is carefully aligned with their academic studies. The interns are supported to gain work experience in a variety of settings both on and off site. During the first half term they spend time with the tutor/job coach looking at skills, interests and aspirations and when they are assessed as ‘work ready’ are found placements matched to them. 

In addition to their placement, all interns follow a work-related curriculum which is accredited by the Prince’s Trust. This involves creating a portfolio, creating a CV, Health and Safety at work and work-related skills. At the end of their course, they have the skills and knowledge to achieve an Entry Level 3 qualification. They will also have the opportunity, in some work placements, to gain an extra qualification such as Bike Maintenance at Bikeworks. 

Throughout their placements, both on and off site, the interns are developing a range of transferable skills, such as communication and teamworking. They develop understanding of how different organisations work and build confidence in interacting with adults and in the community. 

Work experience gently introduces the interns to the world of work. This will inevitably give them an idea of the skills they need to thrive in the workplace and help them identify their own skills and highlight the areas they need to work on.