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Supported Employment programmes - bemix

At bemix, we offer two Supported Employment programmes.

Preparation for Employment

Preparation for Employment is a full-time programme for you as a young person with learning difficulties and/or autism (with an EHCP) and is about preparing you for the world of work through enterprise activities, work experience, employer visits, Functional Skills and more.

We aim to provide EPIC opportunities, which stands for: Each Person's Individual Career opportunities. This means, we work with you to identify what you want to learn. For example, developing your confidence, work related skills and identifying what career paths you want to focus on. This is a pre-internship year and suitable for you if you need more support to prepare for the world of work before going into a Supported Internship year.

Programme details:

1 year, full time, 600 hour programme.

When you start in September, you'll spend 3 days a week learning in our venues.

These 3 days include:

  • A functional skills day
  • A job club and vocational qualifications day
  • An enterprise day

6-8 hours a week will be in an interim work placement, with the aim to develop team working skills, communication, time management, following instructions, taking individual responsibility and initiative. Developing confidence in a work environment is key for preparing you for the Supported Internships year.

In January, the Job Club will stop and the days in the workplace may increase.

Supported Internships

We work with you in your work placement to support and grow your independence and employability skills. Our Supported Internships work for young people who learn best when doing. We will help you find a placement that suits you, paying attention to your goals and aspirations. You will have a work coach who will be with you every step of the way and regularly check that everything is going okay. We aim to help you to find paid employment or an alternative work pathway at the end of the programme! Supported Internships help you grow your confidence and find paid work doing something you enjoy.

Programme details:

1 year, full time, 600 hour programme.

When you start in September, you'll spend 3 days a week learning in our venues.

These 3 days include:

  • A functional skills day
  • A job club and vocational qualifications day
  • An enterprise day

When you work placement starts, your time in the classroom will taperdown. Gradually, you will spend more time at work than in the class. This is to support you getting into the routine of work and feeling prepared to move into employment. 

Work placements:

The most important thing is that you will try your best in the workplace! You'll be supported all the way by the employer and a bemix work coach will settle you in and be available to support you if you need more help. We always try our best to find a job that is well suited to your goals and skillset too!

Functional skills:

We offer Entry 1 - Level 2 in English and Maths, and the curriculum is designed to help you use Maths and English in the real world of work, as well as having a bank account, managing money and developing confidence in debating interesting topics. All of which are important skills in the workplace.


Who to contact

Contact Name
Grace Seale
Contact Position
Engagement and Outreach Lead

Where to go

The Pulse
Park Road
ME10 1DR

When is it on?

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Other Details

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Referral required?
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Who can refer?

We accept referrals from Schools, Academies, Social Care and parents / carers.

We can support young people to apply but will need the input from all relevant agencies involved when reviewing the application.


As long as the eligibility criteria is met we are happy to talk to you and support you through this process.

Need more information? If you want more information or to discuss a potential referral, please contact Grace Seale.

We have an Expression of Interest form that will need to be completed as part of our referral process - you can find this on our website. Once we have received this we will contact you to arrange to meet with yourself and the young person. You can also request this form from Grace Seale, please phone or email.

Age Range
Learning difficulty,

Local Offer

Local Offer Disabilities
Learning difficulty
Local Offer Age Bands
Transitions to Adulthood (16+)
Needs Level
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