Supported Internship Programme Leads Students to Employment

The Bury College Supported Internship programme has helped two young people achieve their long-term personal goals and secure employment.

Michael Lowry and Kieran Tomlinson used the Supported Internship course as a springboard to helping them find and secure jobs within the hospitality industry. The Bury College Supported Internship programme is a bespoke course tailored for learners with learning difficulties. This course aims to equip students with the transferable employment skills needed to help prepare them for career progression.

23-year-old Michael is delighted to receive a full-time contract of employment at the hugely popular, multi-award winning Eagle and Child restaurant based in Ramsbottom. Hailed as one of the best food pubs in Greater Manchester, Michael is currently working with the Housekeeping team where he is responsible for taking care of the laundry as well as front of house duties.

During his time on the Supported Internship programme, which he completed in 2016, Michael worked at Bury hot spot The Two Tubs. There the former Elmsbank School pupil gained the skills and experience to go on to secure his current job.

Michael, who lives in Ramsbottom said, “I am really enjoying my job and I like keeping myself busy and chatting to customers. The Supported Internship really helped with my confidence.”

Joining Michael in career success is 21-year-old Kieran who has secured a 20 hour a week post at Castle Leisure Centre as a Housekeeper. Kieran has been completing his Supported Internship at Castle Leisure Centre since September 2017 where he has enjoyed undertaking responsibilities across a range of departments. These have included gym work, setting up the sports hall, housekeeping, maintaining general cleanliness and administration and management.

The former Parrenthorn High School pupil said, “I like working here and improving my communication skills and learning how to complete tasks on time.”

Local employer and proud supporter of the Bury College Supported Internship is Lee Caunce, Castle Leisure Centre Duty Manager. Lee has watched and supported Kieran’s progression and is delighted to be able to offer Kieran an employment opportunity.

Lee, who has over 20 years Leisure experience, added, “Kieran has fitted really well into the team, he is hardworking and produces a high standard of work. The partnership with Bury College has been good, we are proud to support this initiative and would recommend one companies to get involved.”

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