Runshaw College and special guests have celebrated in style as we said farewell to our Supported Internship learners.

The Supported Internship Programme Celebration Awards took place at the Lancashire Football Association. All eight of this year’s cohort have gone above and beyond to make themselves and their families proud, who were all in attendance to watch these talented students receive their awards, pictured below. Also in attendance – the Mayor of South Ribble Cllr Chris Lomax, who was on hand to present the Intern of the Year Award, which was awarded to Joseph McLaughlin.

We would also like to thank our special visitors – South Ribble Borough Council and Hannah Monaghan from DFN Project Search.

Our Interns have been amazing ambassadors for both Runshaw College and Progress Housing Group, and we would like to wish them every success for their next steps. You can scroll further down to view the photo gallery from the event.

Supported Internship Awards 2023
Intern of the year – Joseph McLaughlin

You can hear from our interns below on their progress with Progress Housing Group in this short video – organised by Will Sutton and produced by Runshaw’s Marketing Team – which was recently shortlisted for National Supported Internship Day 2023 by The DFN Project SEARCH, who saw thousands of posts but this was particularly powerful and deserved to be one of their five runners-up. It was great to see staff at all levels of the organisation, including the CEO Jacqueline De-Rose and Runshaw’s Will Sutton – Champion of Supported Internships – while elevating the voices of our interns!

The DFN Project SEARCH Supported Internship Programme is designed for young people aged 16-24 with an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP). The goal of this programme is to support the transition from education to a position of paid employment (16+ hours per week) and lasts for one academic year.

The Supported Internship Programme has several partners, all working cohesively to provide the best support available to young people transitioning into the workplace. The partnership includes Progress Housing, Runshaw College, Lancashire County Council, HFT and DFN Project Search.

DFN Project SEARCH currently has over 70 sites across the UK and Europe and has supported in excess of 1300 young people into paid employment.

Supported Internship Programme