From education to employment


Karen Redhead OBE pictured with L – R Camila Mujica-Braesyde Project Manager for Employability in North West London at the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Oyinda Malafa (tutor), Alastair Nelson (former supported intern now in permanent paid employment), Charles Nelson Assistant Principal – Southall.

The Fifth Supported Internship and Inclusive Apprenticeship Fair took place at West London College last week (Tues, 26 Nov 2019). A record number of students came along, totalling just under 600 throughout the day. On offer were 15 Supported Internship programmes across West London, rising to 21 next year and providing 240 places for inclusive learners. Many colleges, training providers and employers set up stalls and took part in the seminars to make the day a success.

The event, hosted by West London College was co-ordinated by the West London Alliance. Eight boroughs make up the West London Alliance which are: Hammersmith & FulhamKensington and Chelsea, Ealing, Hounslow, Brent, Harrow, Hillingdon and Barnet. 

Colleges from the region were also present including: College North West London, Barnet and Southgate, City and Islington and Westminster Kingsway.

Four interns who took part in the programme, some of whom have gone on to gain apprenticeships and permanent jobs, gave motivational speeches to very appreciative audiences.

The interns who spoke were: Alastair Nelson who is now employed by Gail’s Bakery, Daniel Fesoom, a supported intern with L’Oreal, Will Goold, who got a full-time Inclusive Apprenticeship as a Learning Support Assistant at West London College and a part time job with Nando’s and Joe McSweeney, a supported intern at Hilton Heathrow Terminal 5.

Visitors to the event were welcomed by West London College Principal, Karen Redhead OBE in her opening talk, and speakers also included Camila Mujica-Braesyde, Project Manager for Employability in North West London at the Imperial College Healthcare Trust, based at Charing Cross Hospital. 

Angie Hincks who organised the event said: “It was a great event, thank you to all the speakers, organisations, employers and visitors who made it all such an excellent experience.”

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