Breaking Barriers: Multiple Perspectives on a Project SEARCH Supported Internship

Date and time
Monday, 3 July 2023
17.00 - 19.00

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus
Kedleston Road
DE22 1GB

ISEND Research Cluster Symposium

This event will be of particular interest to schools, parents/carers of children and young people with Education Health Care Plans, and those interested in improving outcomes and employment for young people with disabilities. 

Event timings: 5:30-6:40 (refreshments provided from 5:00pm and networking till 7:00pm)

Cost: no charge for this event

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Symposium Description

The National Audit Office (2011) estimated that supporting people with a learning disability into employment would increase that person’s income by between 55 and 95 per cent, and would also have a positive effect on an individual’s independence and self-esteem. That said, young people with learning disabilities are twice as likely to not be in education, employment, or training (NEET) (ONS, 2015). These outcomes are problematic at a societal and economic level, but critically are an issue for young people with learning disabilities who will not be able to experience work. Work is important for a multitude of reasons over and above the provision of an income; offering structure to people’s lives, it can be an opportunity for personal control and for skill development and is inextricably linked with identity.

The focus of this symposium is on Supported Internships (SIs); these are educational programmes that connect colleges and sixth forms with organisations providing work placements for young people with disabilities. Featuring interns and their families, and other key people associated with the Derby Project SEARCH Supported Internship, this symposium will shine a light on the nature of a Supported Internship and focus on the contribution it has made to young people’s lives.

Following the symposium there will be time for further networking, this will facilitate opportunities to ask additional questions and speak with the presenters.



Welcome and introduction


Overview of Supported Internships


Derby Project SEARCH Supported Internship

Presentations from:

  • The young people on the Supported Internship (Interns) and their families
  • The Job Coach
  • Other key people associated with the Supported Internship


Presentation of current research


Questions and Answers


Informal networking

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If you have any questions about this event or the work of the ISEND Research Cluster, please feel free to email Dr Geraldene Codina: g.codina@derby.ac.uk