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Supported Internships

NHS - Supported Internship

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arrowLevel 1
hat18-24 Internship
calendar1 Year
pinLancaster & Morecambe College
Start date: 02/09/2024

DFN Project SEARCH is a Supported Internship programme, which is a transition to work programme. It is for young people who want to gain work experience and develop their skills to be able to get a job.

This programme is for young people who:
• Have an EHCP (Education, Health & Care Plan)
• Are 18- 24 years old
• Can travel independently or be willing to take part in travel training
• Want to get a paid job
• Can behave and dress in a professional manner as advocates for the college

The supported internship is based at Royal Lancaster Infirmary. You will be based at the hospital every day, Monday to Friday, 5 days per week. Royal Lancaster Infirmary has its own canteen which you are welcome to use, or you can go into the city centre to get some lunch. Every intern is given a laptop to use for the year on their placement and in classroom sessions. We have a dedicated intern lead who alongside the job coach will be there to support and develop your skills you every day.

Course Overview

The DFN Project SEARCH does not include any exams or assessments. You will finish the programme with valuable and transferable skills, experience to support you in finding meaningful employment and a CV ready to find employment.

On the internship wewill help you to make a CV and apply for jobs. We will also help you to prepare for interviews. Our follow-on employability coach will also support you when you get a job in your new workplace and learn your job role.

We will help you to make an “Access to Work” application to fund this support. So that you can receive individualised support on your work placement your employability coaches get funding from “Access to Work”. To do this you, or your Appointee, (this is usually a family member who supports you with any benefits you receive, such as PIP) will need to sign an application form and claim forms at the end of each term. You will not need to do anything else unless Access to Work contacts you directly.

The internship programme is a one-academic year long programme that follows the college calendar. This means you will still get college holidays such as half terms, Christmas, and Easter. You will need to attend the internship Monday to Friday between 9am – 4pm.

Industry Links

We have work placements in lots of different departments across the hospital. We will help match you to a work placement that is suited to your strengths and your interests. Some examples of the departments you could work in are:
• Catering
• Portering
• HR
• Healthcare Assistants
• Sterile Services
• Maintenance/Facilities

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course

How to Apply

If you would like to apply for this course, please click 'Apply' in the top right, follow the steps, and our Admissions Team will be in touch with you.

For more information, advice and guidance please phone Student & Learning Services on 01524 521385 or 0800 306306 or email

Course code: A36242