Yesterday, at WM Housing Group’s Torrington Office, five interns graduated from the award-winning Supported Internships project.
The interns started working throughout the organisation in September last year and completed their nine-month placement on Monday this week.
Callum Klapatyj, Arun Sharma and Adrian Townshend have all completed internships with the Cleanworks Team, while Matthew Davis has worked alongside the Finance Team and Andrew in the Engagement Team.
The Supported Internship project is in partnership with Hereward College, in Coventry. Each intern has a job coach from Hereward College who supports them and helps them flourish throughout their placement with WM Housing.
The project has been running for three years and to date has helped five people secure permanent employment across our organisation.
The graduate celebration ceremony yesterday brought everyone together to celebrate all that has been achieved throughout the last nine months and Director of Business Improvement and Engagement at WM Housing, Will Walker, was on hand to present everyone with their certificates.
Claire Hardwick, Head of Customer Involvement and Engagement at WM Housing, said: “Yesterday was such a fantastic day. It was great to get everyone together and celebrate all their achievements.
“The Supported Internships have allowed everyone to gain skills, confidence and work experience throughout the last nine months.
“They have all done a great job and wish them all the best in the future!”
Callum, who has completed his Internship in the Cleanworks Team, said: “I found the Internship really useful. It’s been fantastic to get hands on experience in a working environment.
“The team at WM Housing and Hereward College couldn’t have been more helpful. I can’t thank them enough for all their support.”
Paul Cook, Principal at Hereward College, added: “It’s always a pleasure working with WM Housing, an employer who feels as strongly about getting young people into employment as we do.
“The students who have graduated today should be very proud of their achievements throughout their supported internship. A huge thanks to everyone who has supported them along the way.”
The Supported Internships project won the 24housing Award for Best Apprenticeship Scheme last year.
A further five Supported Interns have been recruited to start this September across the organisation. These students will be working in the Cleanworks, Engagement and Facilities Team.