Redbridge Connexions

The Redbridge Connexions Team provides Careers information, advice and guidance on further education, training (apprenticeships, traineeships) and employment options, to vulnerable young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET), young people at risk of becoming NEET and young people with Special Educational Needs and disabilities (SEND).

We work with young people aged 15 to 19 (up to age 25 for young people with Special Educational Needs and disabilities) who live in Redbridge.

This support includes advice if you have concerns regarding your final GCSE and A Level results and want to talk this through, or if you have concerns relating to your progression after Yr 11, 12 and 13, with regards to Sixth Forms, Colleges, Universities.

If you would like to talk to an Adviser, please contact us 020 8708 2600 to book an appointment. If necessary, we will sign post you to a more relevant service. If you can't reach us on the phone please email connexions@redbridge.gov.uk

Supported Internships

Supported internships are a structured, work-based study programme for 16 to 24-year-olds with SEND, who have an education, health and care ( EHC ) plan. The core aim of a supported internship study programme is a substantial work placement, facilitated by the support of an expert job coach.

Supported internships are unpaid, and last for a minimum of six months, but are normally for a year. They are usually 20 hours per week. Wherever possible, they support the young person to move into paid employment at the end of the programme.

They include a study programme put together to give each student exactly the training, support and work skills they need to help them get a job. Most of the learning is done in the workplace. Your employer gives you work experience, trains you to do a job role and learn the skills needed for work.

You also have the chance to study for qualifications and other training or learning as part of a personalised study programme that helps you to be ready to take up a job.

Various providers offer Supported Internships including most of our local colleges and other specialist providers including:

Project Search Waltham Forest: Project Search East London

Ellingham Employment Services: Ellingham Employment Services

Mencap: Mencap

The London Borough of Redbridge is also developing a Supported Internship Programme due to begin in September 2023 – more details to follow. Please see flyer in the Downloads section of this page for further information.

Who to contact

Telephone
020 8708 2600 020 8708 2600
E-mail
connexions@redbridge.gov.uk
Website
http://www.redbridge.gov.uk
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Availability

Age Ranges
15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Referral required
Referral Details

How to access this service: In school through Personal Advisers. Available by self referral by telephone on 020 8708 2600.

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