BHT has, after many months planning, launched our Intern Programme. It is funded by the Esmee Fairburn Foundation and BHT itself, and provides opportunities for up to 40 people per year to take up an internship in BHT. The programme has been designed to enable participants to gain the skills and experience needed to increase their employability.
Internship opportunities are on offer in BHT projects in Brighton & Hove, Eastbourne and Hastings. Interns will complete a six month work placement and are supported by a trained mentor. Each participant has a tailored training programme that focuses on the skills employers look for.
The programme is open to BHT clients and those who have experienced long term unemployment or those who lack the skills and experience to break into the job market.
We are lucky to have appointed an experienced manager from within BHT, Rob Robinson, as the Intern Programme Co-ordinator. He has said: “The programme will give participants the edge when entering what is an incredibly competitive job market. Our interns will graduate with CV boosting skills and experience and will have evidenced their commitment. The structured training programme incorporates key employment skills such as team working, communication and problem solving”.
The idea was mine, and I originally proposed the initiative following successful internships undertaken by my own daughter, locally and in London, in her year out before going to university. Having seen the benefits and confidence that Clare gained from her experience as an intern, I questioned who was creating such opportunities for BHT clients. I concluded that unless we did something, our clients would continue to be excluded and marginalised.
We are immensely grateful to the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation for their confidence and generosity in part funding this programme. The challenge for BHT now is to ensure that, having gained experience as interns, our clients can progress to paid employment.
For more information please contact Rob Robinson on 07827 803102.