In September 2014, Oak Wood Secondary School along with another special needs school, Dorothy Goodman in Hinckley, started National Grid’s Employability scheme. It enabled three students from each school aged 16 – 19 years to be based at National Grid in Hinckley and complete a year of work experience. They were able to work in three different departments of National Grid, one per school term.

Since 2014, the school continued to work with Cadent (formerly National Grid) on the programme. Whilst on the internship, the students were supported by a Job Coach on site. The students completed a BTec qualification during the year of work experience.

The Job Coach supported the students in their department to carry out the work and build their work skills. During the work placement, the students collected evidence of their work to put in a professional portfolio file, which was then used to help them apply for paid employment.

In 2019 the school worked with other local employers and in the academic year 2019-2020 worked with 4 local companies and had 8 students enrolled on the internship programme. As a result, the school employed an additional Job Coaches who worked to support the students.

Since the start of the programme in 2014 we have secured employment for 12 interns with 2 students progressing onto an apprenticeship.

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