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Warrington & Vale Royal College celebrates success of Supported Internship students at a joyful celebration evening

Warrington & Vale Royal College recently held a heart-warming celebration evening to reflect on the achievements of its Supported Internship students. This programme, designed to support students with additional needs or disabilities, helps them to realise their full potential by providing essential skills and experience needed for employment.

Neil Woodward Leoni Mc Hugh Karen Warburton Nichola Newton

The Supported Internship programme offers structured, work-based study with significant work placements, all supported by dedicated job coaches. In addition, the achievements of Preparation for Supported Internship students were also celebrated. This similar initiative provides work placements within the college, fostering a supportive environment for students to build their skills and confidence before moving on to external industry placements.

Karen Warburton and Leoni McHugh, Supported Internship Co-Ordinators at the college, delivered inspiring speeches about each student’s journey, celebrating their unwavering dedication. Their words highlighted the success of the programme, with several students having recently secured paid employment. These successes stand as a testament to both the students’ hard work and the effectiveness of the programme.

College Principal & CEO, Nichola Newton, was delighted to be in attendance and present the students with their certificates of achievement. In her closing speech, she expressed deep admiration for the students’ achievements and praised their hard work. Her words resonated with the pride and joy shared by all attendees made up of proud parents, family, and college staff.

Emma Ewell, Curriculum Manager for Foundation Learning at the college, said: “Huge thank you to all who attended our celebration evening to honour the achievements of our young people. The overwhelming turnout, with standing room only, made the event truly special.”

Neil Woodward, Inclusive Employment Manager at Warrington Borough Council and a strong supporter of the Supported Internship programme, also attended the event. He shared his excitement about the year’s success and his optimism for the future of the programme, saying: “This year has been amazing. I’m looking forward to seeing the programme continue to develop and for more young people to realise their potential and achieve their dreams.”

Warrington & Vale Royal College extends heartfelt congratulations to all its Supported Internship students and wishes the best of luck to those embarking on their employment journeys. Echoing Neil’s earlier sentiments, the college eagerly anticipates another year of guiding students in to the world of work, solidifying its reputation as ‘Your Career College.’

Learn more about Supported Internships at Warrington & Vale Royal College