AIM Assisted Internship Model
What is AIM?
AIM or the Assisted Internship Model, is way of helping young people with a disability or boundary to employment take their first steps towards a paid job. Formerly known as a Supported Internship, the Assisted Internship offers an opportunity for you to gain practical working experience and improve your prospects of being offered paid employment. You will be assisted in the workplace by job coaches who will develop the skills required for you to succeed in the workplace and take your first step onto the job ladder.
AIM into Work
Interns have had great work opportunities over the three years that the Supported Internship Programme has been running in Gloucestershire. The students gain valuable work experience, and whilst this is the key part of being an intern, it can often help the young person gain their first work opportunity.
Following the Internship students have gained work trials, apprenticeship, traineeships, as well as full and part time employment all through the experience they gained as an Intern.
Over the last three years, the number of students gaining paid employment has grown significantly with the number likely to grow with the next phase of Supported Internships.
Is AIM right for me?
To be eligible to apply you must:
- Be aged 16 – 24
- Have a Special Educational Need or a disability or boundary to employment and be keen to work.
- Already have an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP), or be in the process of being assessed for an EHCP
Most importantly thought we are looking for people who have a desire to gain experience in a real working environment, are keen to learn, become part of team and get a paid job at the end of your internship.
Where can I do an assisted internship?
AIM is growing year on year – in the first year we were involved with Gloucestershire College, but Assisted Internship Model is now used in
- Gloucestershire College
- National Star College
- SGS College
- Cirencester College
All of these organisations are working in partnership with Gloucestershire County Council to deliver AIM, along with employers from all over the county.
How do I get involved?
If you think an internship is the right move for you and would like to know more, or if you have any questions about how it works, please contact your local AIM representative AIM@gloucestershire.gov.uk
For further information about AIM and the colleges involved, please visit: www.glosfamiliesdirectory.org.uk