"I’ve grown in confidence when it comes to giving new tasks a go."

Through Blackburn College’s Get Set Supported Internship Programme, Sophie completed a paid Virtual Supported Internship with Local Council Roads Innovation Group (LCGRIG) and Blackburn with Darwen (BwDBorough Council. 

On the internship Sophie completed five hours per week for eight weeks and was given specific tasks, activities and skills to learn. She was mentored weekly by her Employers and also worked independently with support from the College. 

In her final assignment Sophie presented to private enterprises and a group of Senior Managers from Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council. This was a resounding success as Sophie received praise for her level of detail and performance and the feedback from the audience was exceptionally positive and inspiring. 

Sophie said: “While studying Get Set I completed several work placements including the one I did with LCRIG and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council. 

These included working as an Activity Session Assistant at an elderly people’s home, working in our t-shirt printing business ‘Ironic’, helping out in our shop, creating and selling ribbons to raise money for charities on World Mental Health Day, working on our community projects and organising our weekly virtual quiz during the first lockdown which included videos, images, music and a lot of work! 

“However, through my Virtual Internship at LCRIG and BwD I’ve grown in confidence when it comes to giving new tasks a go. The courses I did gave me a real insight of what I could be dealing with and I was motivated to find out more and test myself. It’s helped me a lot and I experienced what an actual job is like – I’ve really enjoyed it.” 

She added: “I also undertook training courses at the Wish Centre in Blackburn to improve my awareness in Sexual Abuse/Child Sexual Exploitation, the Mental Capacity Act, Safeguarding Children with Disabilities, Domestic Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence, Safeguarding Adults Level 1, Online Safety Risks to Children, Emotional Abuse and Neglect. All of these will help towards my future career as a Counsellor. 

“I am currently working at Blackburn College one day a week as a Teaching Assistant. My aspiration in life is to become a Counsellor because I’ve always wanted to help people. 

“I recently did some Marketing work with Multevo in Darwen where I developed confidence in my IT and social media skills, research, copywriting and video making. A Marketing job also sounds quite exciting.”