Ryan’s Supported Internship Takes Him Higher

20 May 2019

Middlesbrough College student takes on the world of work to learn vital skills for employment.

Ryan Danks, from Middlesbrough joined Middlesbrough Council for a 12 month supported internship programme.

Supporting the Cultural Services department, Ryan’s internship allows him to support with key events at Middlesbrough Town Hall, The Civic Theatre, Mela Festival and Orange Pip Market.

Within his first weeks on placement Ryan built up a great rapport with staff at the council and has gone above and beyond to make sure he gets the most out of his placement, he said:

“ I like to try a bit of everything and get the most experience I possibly can, I used to help with events in school and really enjoyed it so this sounded like a great experience for me.

I have been able to apply a lot of what I have learnt from school and college to the job, it requires good planning and using your initiative which I really enjoy.

I have done so much already at the council, supporting events, helping out with press conferences, attending meetings and providing suggestions – I have even been interviewed by the BBC!”

Gordon Dalton, Creative Factory Producer at Middlesbrough Council, couldn’t be happier with Ryan’s worth ethic.

“The Cultural Services department work quite independently and it’s a very fast paced and varied environment to work in, Ryan has adapted to this and really got stuck in, he is putting us all to shame!

He supported our Empower launch and will be helping with our upcoming Orange Pip Food Festival, a major event in Middlesbrough.”

The supported internship programme, lead by Middlesbrough College allows students to go out to organisations across the Tees Valley and gain key skills needed for the world of work. 

The timing of supported internship programme worked perfectly with Middlesbrough Council who launched their own ’50 Futures’ scheme this year.

Gordon explained the new initiative:

“50 Futures is not just about work experience, we want people to engage and work more independently whilst on their placement, taking ownership of a particular role or project. 

The difference with 50 futures and other work experience programmes is that we allow the student to drive it, we ask them what they want to get out of their time here and then plan how we can help.

Ryan is here to work – which he has certainly done, he’s made an immediate impact on the team which is fantastic.”

Ryan’s keen to keep up the good work and is excited about what the future holds for his career.

“I love performing arts and acting but this placement has really helped me see how it all works behind the scenes and what it takes to bring these big events to life. 

I have learnt throughout my life how to play to my strengths and work through challenging times which has made me the person I am today, if you put your mind to anything and don’t give up who knows what it might lead to.”

To find out more about Middlesbrough College’s Supported Internship programmes contact Catherine Davidson on 01642 333605 or email cl.davidson@mbro.ac.uk.

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