Young people with a learning disability get a foot on the jobs ladder | Remploy

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Published Friday, 23rd June 2017

Youngsters in Gloucestershire are getting the opportunity to equip themselves with the skills they need for work as part of a specialised work programme for people with a learning disability.

Gloucestershire College, Supported Internships, learning disability

Remploy, the specialists in disability employment are in the second year of a partnership with Gloucestershire College, offering a Supported Internship programme to enable 18-24 year olds to learn on the job.
Whilst over 60% of people with learning disabilities want to work, the learning disability employment rate is currently just 6%.  The majority of the interns on the programme with Gloucestershire College have already secured permanent roles, with more expected to find work in the coming weeks.
Nadine Robinson, Employment Mentor at Gloucestershire College, said: “The Supported Internship provides an opportunity for our interns to develop and refine their employability skills, which, otherwise may not be available. They are also able to mature socially, by bringing them out of their comfort zone and developing their confidence, through interaction in the workplace with colleagues and customers, and through their employment sessions in college.”
Olivia Stanbury who is 19 years old has been offered a housekeeping job with Premier Inn after completing her Supported Internship with the company. She said: “Since I have been at Premier Inn I have really grown as an individual and have made new friends.  I am a more confident  and because people treat me like an adult, I have learnt to be positive and constructive in the way I deal with situations in work and at home.”
Young people on Supported Internships benefit from a personalised study programme and in-work support from a trained job coach over a year, giving interns and employers the flexibility and time to grow together.
Oliver Smith, 20 years old from Gloucester has also been offered a paid position at Bells Golf Club and Hotel. Lorraine Symonds, his manager said: “The Supported Internship route has been great for us and Oliver who has shown real commitment to his role. With the fantastic support we received from Remploy we concentrated on the skills he has and what he can do. We’re delighted to now be in the position to offer him a paid role with us.”
Remploy are working with a growing number of employers, including hotels, hospitals and public bodies, to deliver successful  Supported Internship programmes for people with learning disabilities and demonstrate how they align employer commitments to social inclusion and workplace diversity.
Any employers interested in finding out more about Supported Internships can call 0300 456 8113 or email

Notes to Editors

  • Remploy has more than 70 years’ experience of supporting disabled people into employment, transforming lives and improving social inclusion
  • In the last 10 years Remploy has found more than 130,000 jobs in mainstream employment for people with a range of physical, sensory and learning disabilities, mental health conditions and other disadvantages.
  • Remploy is a mission-driven social business with a diverse workforce of whom 30% have a declared disability or health condition
  • Employees have a 30% shareholding in Remploy which left government ownership in 2015 in a joint venture with MAXIMUS, which provides services to governments on four continents
  • Remploy is a Disability Confident Leader and works with more than 2,500 employer partners including Marks & Spencer, TC Facilities Management, Tesco, BT, Mitie, ASDA, Royal Mail and Sainsbury’s
  • A free Workplace Mental Health Support Service operated by Remploy has successfully supported more than 7,000 people with stress, depression, anxiety or other mental health issues, helping them to keep their jobs
  • In addition, Remploy operates a unique online service allowing disabled people to access support from their home or wherever is convenient