Sixteen runs a range of community and supported internship programmes in and around Bristol. We work with a range of Partners, practitioners and providers to deliver better job outcomes for people with a learning disability. Our current programmes are shown below
We Work for Everyone
We work for Everyone is designed to support people with a learning difficulty, and autistic people in the West of England to find a pathway into paid work. It aims to empower people by finding employment, promoting independence and challenging social isolation.
Sixteen is working with partners from Bristol City Councils' Employment Skills and Learning Team, to offer evidenced based supported employment services aimed at people in the community or completing one of the internship programmes.
In addition, we continue to work with people with a learning disability who have already been supported into work
Engage for a Wage
Funded by South Gloucestershire Council, Engage for a Wage is a five-week online programme for people with a learning disability who would like to find out what it’s like having a job.
As well as preparing people for the world of work, Engage for a Wage sessions encourage positivity, the ability to identify skills and talents and to create achievable goals – All through the world of work.
Beginning in September 2021, each week there will be 3 sessions carried out over Zoom that include a range of exercises, tasks and activities.
This programme is delivered in partnership with Boss Employment CIC.
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Working with colleagues from the City of Bristol College, Bristol City Council and the University of the West of England, Sixteen providers specialist job coaching support on number of internship Programmes.
1 - Project Search
Project SEARCH, is a pioneering internship scheme for young adults who have a learning disability or autism and who want to do paid work. The scheme started in America but has run successfully in Bristol for several years. With the classroom now based at the BRI most placements are within hospital departments although some, of course, may be external. Students attend the classroom each day before heading out to their placements.
2 - Bristol Supported Internship Programme (B-SiP)
B-SiP shares many similarities with Project Search but instead, is based at the College site in the centre of town and works with a number of local businesses in Bristol to provide three work placements a year. The interns spent time in the classroom and then travel out to their work placements. Here they are support by both a course tutor and job coach
3 - Into Catering.
This programme is designed for young people who want to work in the catering and hospitality industry. The interns spend two days per week with a tutor learning kitchen skills. The remaining 3 days per week are spent on placement, with interns practising and developing their skills in preparation for work.
4 - Project Bristol
Project Bristol is based within Bristol City Council and typically designed for people who are interested in trying roles in administration. Interns are typically supported into three different placements that lean towards the administrative opportunities available within the City Council.
5 - Parkway
Based at the City of Bristol College site in Parkway, students are typically supported to carry out job roles in different placements that focus mainly on more practical opportunities available from a wider variety of community employers. Mainly practical, with less classroom time than other internships, this programme has an emphasis on students who want to maximise time at work.
A Clean Sweep Co-operative Ltd
Clean Sweep is a co-operative run by people with learning difficulties which offers office and domestic cleaning services across Bristol.
We are delighted to be part of a unique collaboration between Clean Sweep and two other well-known local co-operatives - Sixteen Co-operative Ltd and Co-operative Assistance Network Limited (CAN).
This exciting new venture will not only ensure Clean Sweeps current business activities can continue with the specialist support that Sixteen can offer but to create opportunities to enable all co-operatives to thrive beyond the pandemic.
As community inclusivity already sits at the heart of everything we do, our focus will continue to be on disable people, our members and our wider community.
Bristol WORKS for Everyone
Working with colleagues from Bristol City Council, Sixteen is
is seeking to achieve a step change in the engagement and support of young people with SEND, their parents/carers, education settings and employers so that we can improve career aspirations and provide targeted support to improve employment outcomes for young people.
This work includes