‘Steps into Work’ is an ongoing internship programme co-created by National Star College and EDF Energy.
The programme is designed for adults, with a range of disabilities, whose goal is to enter long term employment upon completion of the programme. The internship supports the transition from education to employment, with students spending nine months working alongside 1,600 local EDF Energy employees; within teams specialising in electricity generation, training, customer service and business support.
The programme is for people aged 19 and over with a self-declared disability. The high quality working experience enables the students to build confidence, vocational and social skills, with formal education sessions running alongside their daily work tasks, providing the opportunity for disabled adults to overcome some of the key employment challenges outlined in many studies including Scope’s ‘Million Futures’ report’.
As well as learning workplace skills interns are supported by a National Star tutor who is embedded in the company’s offices to achieve an appropriate vocational qualification. Currently, 75% of interns have successfully moved into paid jobs at the end of their course.
You can find out more about the Steps into Work programme by visiting the National Star website.