Supported Internships

Talent City 1

To get an insight into the world of work and learn transferable employability skills, students spend one academic year working in one of three micro-businesses owned and run by Lighthouse Futures Trust. During this time, our specialist staff impart practical knowledge linked directly to real roles, tasks and job descriptions.

Keepers Coffee and Kitchen is a vibrant and busy cafe and shop on Otley Old Road in Leeds. Here, students are given barista training and learn about food preparation and customer service in a supportive environment. They also gain retail and merchandising experience, and have the opportunity to achieve certificates in food hygiene and health and safety.

Branching Out Gardening and Ground Services is a project we run from Lotherton Hall, alongside Leeds City Council Parks and Gardens. Whilst working here, students learn skills relating to real jobs in the horticulture, landscaping and construction trades. This equips them with the knowledge required to move on into further training and/or gardening roles.

Keepers Create is our newest business venture, producing our own brand of hand-made candles, soaps, and scarves. Being involved in the creative, manufacturing and production processes enables students to learn a multitude of practical skills and equips them with valuable entrepreneurial experience.

Talent City 2

Whilst not compulsory, most students have completed Talent City 1 before moving onto a supported internship as part of Talent City 2. At this stage, they work full-time in a highly-tailored role within a prestigious company. Our internships are designed around the student's individual abilities, interests and talents, ensuring each participant receives as much value from the experience as possible.

Each intern is designated a dedicated job coach, who works closely with them and their parents/carers to ensure they are fully supported throughout the process. They also work with the employer to job carve a position for each intern which aligns with their skills and aspirations.

As a leader of outcome-based group Supported Internships, Lighthouse Futures Trust works with large national and International organisations such as Yorkshire Water, KPMG, and John Lewis, all of whom have a reputation and passion for inclusion, diversity, and developing talent.

Each employer takes up to six Interns at a time, placing them in different roles and providing them with an opportunity to learn valuable skills whilst working as a member of their team. At the end of their internship, there is potential for participants to gain paid employment within the company.
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