Supported Internship success for student Jake

Our Specialist College in Harrogate is celebrating after a student taking part in the new Supported Internship programme succeeded in finding a job. Jake Vicars, 21, secured a job as a kitchen assistant at a local café after following the nationally recognised work-based training programme.

Catering role for Jake

Jake, who has learning disabilities, began working at Eat @ No.3 café in Starbeck one day a week in January to fit alongside his studies on the Supported Internship programme.

His role involves learning to prepare a range of dishes from scratch for customers to the busy local café run by Mike and Hayley Addyman. He’s already proving himself as a great addition to their team.

Jake has been working closely with owner Mike to develop his skills and create tasty dishes for the cafe menu.

Jake has adapted brilliantly to working here. I’ve enjoyed showing him the tricks of the trade, from how to chop vegetables safely and quickly to preparing café classics like chilli con carne and lasagne. Every week Jake chooses which dish he’d like to cook and we work together to create it from scratch.”

Mike Addyman, Owner, Eat @ No.3 café

Support to work independently

Job coach Patrick Barker accompanies Jake each week to provide any extra support needed but aims to enable him to work as independently as possible.

“Jake is very independent. He’s a real natural in the kitchen and quickly picks up new cooking techniques. It’s brilliant that Jake can now apply all the skills he’s learnt at college to a real working environment.”

He’s even come up with his own unique take on a cooked breakfast using baked beans with a fried egg on top, cooked to perfection in the microwave!

Jake creates great tasting food for the cafe menu

“I’m happy in my new job. I like showing people what I’ve made.”

Jake Vicars, Student

Jake is hoping to find full time employment in the catering industry when he graduates from Henshaws Specialist College in July.

The Supported Internship study programme is aimed at school and college leavers who, with support, would be ready to take part in the world of work.

Jake is just one of the success stories at our specialist college in Harrogate which provides employability and independence programmes for disabled young people aged 16-25 years, supporting them to achieve their goals and progress into fulfilling adult lives.

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