Looking for an exciting Supported Internship opportunity in Somerset?

THALES, together with Yeovil College and Discovery are offering eight spaces to young adults with SEND to learn new skills from industry experts across an academic year – starting in September 2024. Through the internship, you will gain valuable work experience and essential skills for your future career.

Everyone deserves the right to thrive in life and look forward to a bright future. However, only 4.8% of people in England with a learning disability (who are known to local authorities) go on to secure paid employment, compared to 80% of their peers.

This type of programme can give autistic people and people with learning disabilities a sense of independence that they may not otherwise have. It allows them opportunities to make a wider circle of friends and put their skills to use in creative ways that help lead to more fulfilling and richer lives.

Who are THALES?

Thales operates in the aerospace, defence, security, and transportation sectors. Founded in 1893 and headquartered in Paris, France, THALES has grown to become one of the largest defence electronics companies in the world. This supported internship will be based at their Templecombe site.

What can I learn?

  • As part of the programme you’ll undergo three rotations, each lasting a few months. These will offer hands-on experience in a range of roles, such as engineering, business administration assistant, human resources, and Miti (cleaning, catering & security) plus many more. Through these, you’ll have the chance to learn, contribute and explore different aspects of THALES operations.
  • Each rotation presents a chance to learn, contribute, and explore different aspects of Thales operations. By the end of the programme, you’ll have a well-rounded understanding of differing roles providing the foundations for a future career.

What support will I receive?

  • Throughout their placement, Interns will be supported on-site by a Discovery representative. Discovery is a not-for-profit organisation that supports and empowers young people with SEND.
  • Each day the Interns will take part in employability lessons from Yeovil College, allowing them to discuss and reflect on what they have learnt.

Who can apply and by when?

This opportunity is for individuals aged 18-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), accompanied by an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

Spaces are limited, so please don’t delay and register your interest by emailing derrick.goddard@yeovil.ac.uk or ross.lanchester@yeovil.ac.uk before 15th May.