Steve McCabe MP meets up with Selly Oak Trust School Interns to hear all about their work with National Grid

Steve McCabe MP visited National Grid this week to meet up with Interns from Selly Oak Trust School and Queen Alexandra College who are currently doing a placement year at the electricity and gas company.

Steve heard from Interns Sam, Alex, Connor, Carl, Andrew and Toby who started their placement year at National Grid in September. The Interns are working in many different areas across the business including Information Services, Industrial & Commercial Metering, Front of House, Customer Liaison, Asset Management, Post Room and Catering. The Interns are supported by Bethany, a specially employed Job Coach who is there at the National Grid office to offer support when needed.

The Interns told Steve how much they have been enjoying their placements so far and how they are growing in confidence every day and learning vital life and social skills.

The National Grid EmployAbility scheme was founded in 2013 in the company’s Warwick office and the scheme has now expanded across 4 National Grid sites, including Solihull where students from Selly Oak Trust School and Queen Alexandra College are based.

The EmployAbility scheme is leading the way in offering quality work experience for young people with special educational needs. It gives valuable real-life experience in a corporate environment, something many students with an SEN may not get to experience. National Grid and the schools are already seeing the results of the scheme with 70% of Interns from previous years securing employment after their internship.

The EmployAbility Scheme and National Grid are helping to encourage more businesses to set up similar schemes so more and more young people can benefit from work experience.

Steve McCabe MP said:

“It was brilliant to visit National Grid to see how they are working with Selly Oak Trust School and Queen Alexandra College to provide internships for students with learning difficulties. Having experience in a real work environment is invaluable and the Interns are picking up and learning life skills that will help them go on to secure employment in the future.

“It was great to see how enthusiastic the Interns were about their experience at National Grid so far, it was clear they were all enjoying their time and gaining vital skills.

“I hope more businesses will follow National Grid’s lead to work closely with schools to improve the employment prospects for young people with learning difficulties. “

For more information about the scheme visit http://employabilityletsworktogether.com/

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