WMPeople: New faces join on supported internship

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Say hello to the newest faces to join us.

Cosmo (18), Liam (19), LG (19), Maddie (20) and Nick (20) are all from Coventry’s Hereward College. The college specialises in creating opportunities for disabled young people.

Say hello to the interns and and their job coaches
Say hello to the interns and and their job coaches

All five will be with us for 10 months as part of a supported internship. The aim is to give them a taste of working life in a safe and supportive environment with endless opportunities. The idea is that their experience with the second largest police force in the country, makes them more attractive to future employers.

The scheme is now in its third year at WMP with seven young people having already taking part with four of them securing permanent jobs or volunteering opportunities with us.

“Disabled people and younger people are underrepresented in our workforce so the internship is a great opportunity for us to learn from them about what would make us more attractive as an employer,” said resourcing manager, Jayne McCracken.

“The scheme also allows us – and the people we all serve – to benefit from their skills and experiences.”

Despite this underrepresentation, we’re recognised as one of the most inclusive employers and have won national awards for having policies which help disabled colleagues be the best they can be.

While on their placement, the students and their managers are supported by two job coaches from the college. All have the same training, security clearance and background checks as officers and staff.

  • Cosmo (18): placed with Citizens in Policing. He’ll be running our newest Birmingham cadet unit. Hopes the experience will give him a clearer vision for his future career.
  • Liam (19): placed with Coventry UK City of Culture. He’ll be working with the team responsible for the safety and security of events. Hopes to work in the music industry either as a musician or repairing instruments.
  • LG (19): placed with Shared Services. He’ll be helping officers and staff with all aspects of their employment. Hopes to go to university to study forensic sciences.
  • Maddie (20): placed with Diversity and Inclusion. She’ll be working on increasing fairness in policing. Hopes to become a graphic designer.
  • Nick (20): placed with Organisation Learning and Development. He’ll be helping our trainers plan and deliver everything from personal safety training to first aid. Hopes to become a firefighter with West Midlands Fire Service.