Shipley College Great People Rachel

We have some amazing staff members at Shipley, Rachel is our Supported Internship Coordinator and has worked here for 10 years! We asked Rachel about her role at the college and why she thinks it's a great place to work:

'My whole working life has been about supporting people and I am a passionate advocate for people with learning disabilities and neurodiversity. I started working at Shipley in October 2012, I am the Supported Internship Coordinator and a qualified teacher. My day to day responsibilities include liaising with employers, completing reviews of interns at work and job coaching, where I support the student into work -coaching them to learn the role by breaking the job down into bite size chunks. I also teach employability skills to the students and teach job coaching to other supported employment professionals and job coaches. 

Supported internships are work based, supported placements for young people with special educational needs and disabilities, with EHCPS. They’re similar to an apprenticeship but brokered to meet the student’s career aspirations and skillset. During the 6 month placement students become one of the workforce and are able to be properly involved with the company. It's a good stepping stone into paid employment and provides valuable experience to students who may otherwise find it difficult to access work and placements through the traditional routes.

Shipley College is definitely unique,everyone is so friendly and Saltaire is an amazing place to work! The Foundation Learning team is fabulous, everyone is so supportive and really care about our learners'.

Want to join our team of ‘Great People’? See all of our current Shipley College vacancies here.


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