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Newham Supported Internship Programme (NSIP)

What is the Newham Supported Internship Programme (NSIP)?

NSIP is a partnership between:

  • Newham Council
  • Newham College
  • Barts Health NHS Trust
  • John Lewis
  • Waitrose
  • ASDA

The programme supports young people with health and social care needs and /or SEND to gain skills to help them get into work (paid or self-employment).

What does the programme do?

The programme offers training and direct work experience, to help the young people to develop:

  • employability skills
  • self-confidence
  • job specific skills
  • Maths, English and IT skills
  • knowledge and attitudes to prepare them for paid work
  • their communication, team working and problem-solving skills which is important for their overall development as a young worker

through working alongside employees in a workplace environment/setting.

What does each partner contribute to the programme?

The key partners’ contributions include:

​Partner ​Contribution

Barts Health NHS Trust
John Lewis
London Borough of Newham (LBN)
Business Host
provide base for the programme including:
  • accommodation/base room
  • equipment (computers, emails, website, telephones etc.)
  • placement offering work experience opportunities etc
​Newham College ​Provides full time teachers and some job coaches
​LBN Adults ​full-time job coaches, training any related costs for the programme and a commissioner who will:
  • be a visionary initiator of the programme
  • champion the programme in Newham
  • source funding
  • negotiate with partners and enlisting their commitment and support
  • plan and develop the business case
  • oversee the work plan including allocation of roles and responsibilities for all partners and shared risk log

What are the entry requirements?

To join the programme, participants must:

  • demonstrate commitment to undertake training and direct work experience, to help them develop the skills needed to help them to gain paid employment
  • be aged between 16-30 years
  • be committed to and want to progress into paid employment

How does a NSIP placement work?

The programme will run for 10 months (from September to June inclusive). The participants will complete 3 unpaid work experience rotations. Each rotation is 10 -11 weeks.

This programme will take place in a workplace setting/business site (employers’ premises) where young people will undertake work experience alongside other employees.

Tutorials for functional and employability skills (including Maths and English) will be delivered in a base room at the workplace (employers’ site); The curriculum covers work behaviour, team work, communication, problem solving, budgeting and technology.

The work experience/placements is 5 days a week with 1 full day spent in their base room learning functional and employability skills. The remaining 4 days will be spent on work experience.

The group will be on average include up to 12 young people depending on their support needs.

Expected start date for the programme - The plan is to bring the programme in line with education timetable. For 2018/2019, the programme started 10th September 2018.

What types of roles / opportunities are offered on the programme?

Here are examples of different roles/opportunities participants are likely to undertake while doing their placements:

Library duties – stocking/labelling books, issuing books, stocking bookshelves, cleaning bookshelves and other surfaces, issuing library cards, customer care etc.

Catering – setting tables, using tills, washing up, restocking fridges with drinks, sandwiches, salads, cleaning tables and other surfaces, customer service, clearing cutlery and crockery, labelling food pots, etc.

Administration – welcoming and directing guests, answering telephone, booking meetings using meeting, stationary, dealing with simple requests/enquiries etc.

Concierge – greeting and checking in visitors, directing visitors or deliveries to relevant car parks, patrolling the building, monitoring CCTV in the control room, customer service etc.

Records/data – collecting old records from archives, locating reference numbers and details of records, data entry etc.

IT Support – printing and typing, emailing colleagues, booking surgeries for equipment service/management, data entry, customer service etc.

Reception – managing meeting rooms bookings, customer service, reporting any faulty items, Health and Safety risks, checking meeting rooms and restocking stationary items etc.

Others include – Grounds maintenance and gardening, porter, nursery, post room and post delivery, care assistant, stores management, ward matron roles, messenger, printing and typing, shop assistant, etc.

Who to contact for more information

Gerry O’Kello (Commissioner LBN) – Tel. 02033731273

Jean Cole (Head of SEND Newham College) -

Joseph Kunyeda (LBN Workplace) - Tel. 02033734948