Hereward learners to experience the world of mission critical communications

Hereward College is working with national mission critical communications company, Airwave, to deliver supported internships to its learners.

From September 2016, four young people from the college will take part in the 12 month study programme at Airwave’s Rugby offices in the areas of IT, customer service and security.

Supported internships are a platform for young adults with additional needs to develop work based skills and gain a qualification in a structured way.  They work alongside a Job Coach who provides support and direction throughout the placement.

The college already has established supported internship programmes running with National Grid and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) and has recently been awarded the Fair Train Gold Standard Award for work experience.

Jon Clugston, Hereward’s Vice Principal for Student Independence & Progression said:

“We are delighted to be partnering with Airwave and move forward on what is proving to be a very successful programme providing employment opportunities for young people with disabilities.

“Statistics show that young people with learning disabilities only have a 7% likelihood of finding paid employment and the college is committed to providing high quality work experience schemes to ensure that all our learners can further develop their skills and experience in order to reach their potential.”

John Lewis, Airwave’s Chief Operating Officer said:

“Airwave is fully committed to being inclusive as an employer and to working closely with organisations such as Hereward College to give these young adults opportunities to learn. We are looking forward to welcoming our new interns and contributing to their development.”

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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