What We Do

Talent City is our supported internship programme, in which we aim to place our students into appropriate roles within a fully-supported environment, planned and overseen by our experienced job coaches.
Who is involved?
Students aged between 16 and 25 with an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP).

What is a supported internship?
We work with students with an autistic spectrum condition or learning disability. These groups of young adults have only a 6% chance of acquiring employment, however, 93% have the desire to work and the ability to do a great job if supported into a role. Even more so if the role is a good match for their skills and talents, and if they have the opportunity to shine outside of traditional recruitment processes. We work with groups of between 3 and 7 interns in a single organisation, supported by 1 or 2 job coaches, on a full-time basis. The ideal group size is 6 students, which enables us to deploy 2 job coaches, but we are happy to consider smaller group sizes if we can work with 2 organisations within close proximity. The programme lasts a year for each group and follows the school calendar.
What does Lighthouse Futures Trust provide to ensure success?
- We undertake all of the necessary planning
- We select students based on suitability to the organisation
- We job carve with managers to develop new roles for our interns
- We train all staff who will be working with the Interns
- We learn the job roles so that we can train the interns
- We quality assess the work and have regular reviews with departments
- We provide daily support to each intern
- We provide an app so that, once the student is situated in the role, the support can slowly be reduced. This allows the Interns to develop more resilience and independence in the work environment.
What does the client provide?
Our clients are requested to provide a small office or base for the Interns so that, on arrival each morning, they can work with the job coaches on a BTEC in work skills prior to attending their departmental roles. This programme is designed as Low Input/High Gain, so we do most of the work both during the setup and while the internship is live. There will be some time required on a daily basis from colleagues, but this will not be significant. It should not interrupt employees' own work patterns or affect their own productivity, except in a positive way.
What are the benefits?
So far, outcomes for students have been highly positive, with the majority of interns succeeding in gaining employment in either the host company or through recruitment. The host organisations have all reported significant increase in productivity through the large contribution that the interns make, combined with increased motivation from colleagues.

All Feedback to-date has exceeded expectation. Host organisations, the interns and their families, and all at Lighthouse Futures Trust are delighted with the progress of the students and the smooth running of the programme.
How Do I Get Involved?
If you are an employer and are interested in learning more about how you could make a positive difference to our students and to your business, we’d love to hear from you.

Please send us a message via our Contact form or email caron@lighthousefuturestrust.org.uk
Creating employment opportunities for young people with learning disabilities and autism.

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