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First Year Success for BHT’s Intern Programme

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internonebday_W300BHT has celebrated a successful first year of its Intern Programme with an event at the Mayor’s Parlour.

The Intern Programme, an Esmee Fairburn Foundation and BHT funded project, provides voluntary opportunities within BHT for the long term unemployed.

In its first year, the programme has provided placements for 33 unemployed people, providing them with tailored programmes and support within a work area of their choice.

Of those 33 interns, seven have secured paid employment, eight are now in voluntary work and 14 are still on their placements and making plans to secure employment in the future.

The six month intern opportunity assists people to gain work skills, build their confidence and ultimately increase their chances of employment.

The interns have secured placements within a range of areas at BHT from fundraising and publicity, reception and maintenance to administration, client involvement and support services.

Placements have been made in Brighton, Hastings and Eastbourne.

At the event, interns shared their experiences of the programme with the Mayor and talked about the difference it has made to their lives.

For more information please contact Rob Robinson on 07827 803102

Councillor Bill Randall, the Mayor of Brighton & HoveThe first year of the Intern Programme has been a brilliant success. I think a lot of this success is due to the tailored programme it offers, ensuring people have every chance to succeed. I wish the programme the best of luck for the year ahead and the many years after that.

Councillor Bill Randall, Mayor of Brighton and Hove

robrobinson_W100It’s been a real privilege to lead this very successful programme over the past year.

At the heart of our success is a group of trained mentors who provide entirely bespoke support to our interns, ensuring that the support needed by each individual is in place throughout their work placement.

Despite a difficult labour market our interns continue to demonstrate that with opportunity and the right support they have the motivation and enthusiasm to effect big changes in their lives.

Rob Robinson, BHT Intern Coordinator

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