Webinar: Supported internships
Online via BlackBoard Collaborate
23 August 2019
Free National Webinar: 2019 VDC Thought Leadership Series
Supported internships: a program of social inclusion for young people with disability.
VDC will present International Specialised Skills Institute (ISSI) fellowship recipient Jan Davis from Holmesglen Institute of TAFE who will outline findings from a UK study tour and the subsequent pilot with the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.
Hear more about this exciting initiative for Holmesglen and the Royal Children’ s Hospital, leading the way in introducing the supported internship program in Australia.
In 2017, Jan undertook the fellowship to explore supported internships. The fellowship was based at West Thames College and Ealing, Hammersmith and West London’s College all of whom are affiliated with employer partners.
The aim of the research was to investigate vocational training opportunities for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities, with an emphasis on developing industry partnerships that enhance vocational pathways.
Since the fellowship, in consultation with key personnel from the Faculty and the Chief of Surgery at the Royal Children’s Hospital an Industry partnership has been established. A pilot Integrated Practical Placement program was introduced in 2018 and a research project was undertaken through the clinical chair at Holmesglen, with outstanding results.
Jan works at Holmesglen Institute of TAFE in the Community and Transitional Education department within the Faculty of Health, Science, Youth and Community Studies. Jan aims to investigate vocational training opportunities for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities with a focus on building industry partnerships to foster and grow vocational pathways through enriched and more meaningful work experience opportunities. Jan is passionate about continuing to strive for excellence in program delivery that has stronger vocational outcomes for exiting students. Such solid relationships with relevant industry bodies would allow for promotion and support of potential employment as an option early in transition planning.