Success with Supported Internships!
Chloe started her internship this September where she works at Toni and Guy for two days a week, alongside her time at Shrewsbury College. Chloe is enjoying her internship and the perks that come with working in a salon! Enable worked with Chloe over the summer and arranged a work experience placement at a hairdressers to give her some extra experience. Enable also worked with Chloe’s family to ensure that she was not only ready to start the internship but that she would thrive during her time there. Chloe’s Manager is very pleased with Chloe’s progress and says that she is a real asset to the team. Chloe has grown in confidence whilst doing the internship and feels valued, so much so that she has now secured herself a part-time job at Burger King in Shrewsbury.
Chloe said: “I am very happy to have the opportunity to have work experience at Tony and Guy hairdressers as this is something I have wanted to do. I am enjoying the work and learning different things. It is helping me build confidence to speak to customers when I ask and make drinks for them as they arrive. I like the staff who work there and have been offered to have my hair cut and coloured for free. Gary is getting me a Tony and Guy top to feel part of the team.”
Enable will support Chloe in both roles to ensure she continues to make progress and achieve her full potential.
Luke began his Supported Internship in 2016 at Theatre Severn. Having made the decision not to go to University, Luke is currently applying for apprenticeships and jobs. During his placement Luke’s confidence grew, his day-to-day tasks included working in a busy box office environment, greeting customers and working on reception. Luke gained valuable experience at Theatre Severn and would have liked to stay on as an employee but unfortunately there was not enough funding. Enable will continue to work with Luke to support him in finding paid work or an apprenticeship. Enable Employment Officer, Brendan, is liaising with Think Idea who have offered Luke a placement to gain more experience. Enable also found Luke a work experience placement at Edinburgh Woollen Mill and after completing that placement he was offered an apprenticeship. As Luke had built up his customer service his transition into the retail environment went really well and he received excellent training during his time on placement. His managers were so impressed that they offered him an apprenticeship with Edinburgh Woollen Mill. He is now being supported by Enable Work Choice team and doing really well.
Steven has made a huge amount of progress since beginning his internship at the Wildlife Trust and he now has three voluntary positions. With support from Enable, Steven managed to secure paid work doing cleaning at the Field Studies Centre where he worked for three months. Unfortunately all staff in his department were made redundant. Instead of feeling knocked back from losing his job, Steven took all the positives he gained from the experience and feels it has increased his confidence, he is now able to manage his anxiety and is aware of issues which affect him. Enable will continue to work with Steven to find a suitable paid job for him. Steven is still working as a volunteer at the Wildlife Trust and is now learning to use the till. Enable is supporting him with this by a Job Coach to help him whilst using the till.