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Supported Internships

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New Venture is a fully supported internship programme offering individuals aged 16-24 years with learning difficulties and disabilities real work experience. Employing an individual with a learning difficulty and disability enables employers to access skills and competencies of a workforce that they may not have reached before, therefore meeting specific requirements and needs of the business.
The benefits to an employer for offering a supported internship placement include:

• businesses can be seen as being more community based.
• employees overcoming misconceptions of people with learning difficulties
and disabilities.
• diversity contributing to good working practices within the company
• staff can be encouraged to offer support and mentor individuals sharing
their skills and experiences.
• boosting performance, development and team dynamics.
• individuals with a learning difficulty and disability are known to take less
time off and are more likely to stay with an employer long term.

If you are interested in providing an opportunity to an individual with a
learning difficulty and disability then please contact:
New Venture Coordinator - Dianne Holliday, Westgate College, West Road, Newcastle upon Tyne,
NE4 9LU. Telephone: 0191 277 3611. Mobile: 07785 458 531.
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Join us for our Open Days

Join us photoJoin us for our open days!

We are having two Enrolment and Advice Open Days on Monday 10 December and Tuesday 11 December at Westgate College from 9 am - 7.30pm. If you need advice and support you can speak to our qualified satff who will guide you through the enrolment process. The programme for the days lists when the advice sessions will be, (pdf 112KB). We hope to see you there. Remember, lots of courses are available for quick and easy online enrolment too.

Jan 2019 brochure out now!

Brochure cover Jan 19Stay with us in the New Year and take up one of the many progression opportunities available to you. Our latest brochure is available now! Your tutor will speak to you about follow on courses and your next steps too.

Your Learner Handbook

Learner handbook coverOur new learner handbook is now available here (pdf 1.81MB). Packed full of useful information about the service, we hope you will find it helpful. We'll cover a lot of the topics during our new induction process too, and you will be given a copy of the handbook to take away with you at the start of your course.

Advanced Learner Loans

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There have been changes to how education courses are funded for learners over 19 years old. Level 3 and above courses will no longer be funded by the Government (unless you are aged 19-23 years old and it is your first full Level 3 qualification) but you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover your course fees.

If this loan is to fund an Access to HE Diploma leading to a completed degree, your Advanced Learner Loan will be written off so you don't have to pay it back.

It doesn't matter about your household income or even credit checks to qualify for a loan, and you don't have to pay anything back until you are earning over £21,000 a year.

Loans are available for people living in the UK on the first day of their course and have lived in this country, the Channel Islands of the Isle of Man for three years immediately before this.

Talk to our centre reception staff to get more details and your course offer letter which will have the information you will need to complete your loan application.

Find out more about Advanced Learner Loans.

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