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Young People

February 9, 2021

 Harlequins Foundation Traineeship
The Harlequins Foundation are currently promoting their upcoming traineeship for those between the ages of 16-19, or up to 24 for those with an EHCP. This 15-week traineeship will enable you to gain your Level 1 Functional Skills qualification, undergo 1-1 mentoring, and complete a virtual work experience placement. This traineeship will commence 22 March. To apply or find out more, email

Project SEARCH Supported Internship
Project SEARCH are promoting the launch of their recent Supported Internship placements in partnership with GSK and London Borough of Hounslow. Lasting from September until July, interns will complete 3 department placements over 3 college terms. Applicants must be aged between 17-24 years with an EHCP. To apply or find out more, email

If you are a young person aged 18 to 25 years, seeking employment and would like to develop your employability skills by participating in a social action related work experience project, please get in touch.  We can also work with you to gain experience, develop skills that employers desire, and support you with applications to work and training. 

There will be regular cohorts of this programme running throughout 2021 - 2023

Positive Directions
This programme can support young people aged 16 to 24 to develop the skills that they need to move into education, employment or training.
This project is focussed on the individual's needs and can provide young people with opportunities to take Maths and English qualifications, gain certificates and qualifications relating to specific industry sectors and engage in online learning. 

Both projects provide young people with mentoring support and support with CV and interview skills.

If you are interested in either of the above programmes or have a young person you would like to refer, please contact

Autism Exchange Programme with the Civil Service

Application deadline: Friday 5 March 2021.
Location: London (if face-to-face) or online (working from home).
Salary: £300 or £350 per week (depending on location, before tax). Travel and lunch will not be reimbursed. 
Placement start date: Monday 19 July 2021.

An exciting three-week work experience opportunity in the Civil Service is being offered to young people with autism, aged between 18 and 25 who have achieved a minimum of two GCSEs (or equivalent) in English and Maths at Grade A*-C (or 4-9) or above.
The programme will provide you with the chance to experience the Civil Service first-hand, gaining insight into the workplace. As part of the experience, you will also be able to participate in developmental coaching sessions and other activities.
Through the programme you will find out what it is like to work inside this important organisation.

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