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Project Choice Supported Internship Programme NHS

The programme is delivered within NHS organisations and supported by Health Education England and the local authority.

Project Choice is a programme that helps young adults gain work experience and improve employability and independence skills. We provide internships within healthcare settings and other NHS partner organisations in supported environments helping to get individuals ready for the working world. We also work closely with local and corporate business for broader opportunities. Our support is tailored to each person and we match employment options to each person’s skills. Our students spend 1-year learning work skills in three placements, each placement is up to 12 weeks long. Alongside their work experience placement, students will complete 1 day of maths and english studies, to their next attainable level, within a local college or education setting.

The core aims of the project
• To empower learners and build their confidence as individuals in the workplace.
• To change perceptions of learning difficulties, disabilities and Autism within the workplace.
• To raise awareness of the value that the learners can add to the workplace.
• To increase the diversity of the workforce and promote equality of opportunity.
• To provide learners with a life experience outside of their home and school.
• To develop the learners’ knowledge of work and work opportunities.
• To create a pathway into employment for those with disabilities, learning difficulties or
disabilities, and Autism.
• To widen access into the NHS workforce.

The only requirement to take part in our programme is that you are aged 16-24 and have an active EHCP.

Service provider

Project Choice Supported Internship Programme NHS

Client Groups Served

  • Children and Young People
  • Adult Working Age
  • SEND Local Offer


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