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Internships offer genuine job hopes for the future.

SUPPORTED internships provide students with learning difficulties and/ or disabilities the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in various roles.

They are designed to develop interns' skills, in order to help them gain sustainable paid employment.

Due to their great success last year, the programme has been expanded and the number of host employers has increased this year.

Students on the internships spend three days per week in their work placement and one day per week at College, for one academic year, and, at the end of the programme, students will achieve a recognised "skills for employment" qualification. Work on some of the placements has included administration, catering and retail duties. The supported internship programme has been a great success, with some students securing permanent positions, including Lucy Jones, who now works at Wallasey Orthodontics.

Wallasey Orthodontics is a small to medium-sized company working with children and young people through the NHS and also offering private orthodontic services to young people and adults.

They recruited student Lucy Jones through Wirral Met College's supported internship programme to make a connection with the local community and to support a young person getting into work.

Diane Collins, the registered manager at Wallasey Orthodontics, said: "Lucy is an invaluable member of the team and is learning all the time with our support and that of her tutors."

Lucy has previously studied a Level Three IT course and wanted a job to become more independent so took on a work placement. | If you're interested in finding out more about the supported internship programme or any of the Prep4Life courses, visit wmc. ac.uk or call 0151 551 7777 to speak to a Student Advisor. If you are an employer interested in supporting the programme, please get in touch via internships@wmc.ac.uk What's On | Thursday, August 16 - A-Level Results Day - Information, Advice and Guidance at Conway Park Campus. | Thursday, August 23 - GCSE Results Day - Information, Advice and Guidance at all Campuses.

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Lucy Jones, at Wallasey Orthodontics, with staff including registered manager Diane Collins

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