New interns from Hereward College join Severn Trent for work experience

1st November 2017

Three interns from Coventry’s Hereward College, which caters for young people with disabilities and additional educational needs, have joined Severn Trent to find out more about the world of work.

The trio – Harriet, Brad and Ryan – will be experiencing life in the workplace to improve their future employability opportunities.

Mike Williamson, head of network control and asset management and one of the scheme’s sponsors at Severn Trent, said: “This is the second year that we’ve supported the intern programme at Hereward and we had some amazing students last year who did some absolutely fantastic work for us.

“I’m sure that the new intake will be just as dedicated, friendly and hardworking as last year, while also learning some fantastic skills they can take into the world of work with them.“As a company, we feel we have a responsibility to offer opportunities to everyone and we really can’t recommend schemes like this highly enough.”

The interns will be experiencing life in a number of different departments at Severn Trent’s Coventry headquarters, including in the Admin and Property teams.

Figures show that only 6% of people with a disability are currently in paid employment but, with work experience, this can increase dramatically.

Paul Cook, Principal at Hereward College said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Severn Trent for a second year and move forward on what is proving to be a very successful programme providing employment experiences for young people with disabilities.

“While statistics show that young people with learning disabilities have only a 7% likelihood of finding paid employment, Hereward is leading the way in specialist education and internships. We are committed to providing high quality work experience opportunities to ensure that all our learners can further develop their skills and experience in order to reach their potential.”