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For Employers and Project Choice Partners

Why become a Project Choice Partner?

Joining with HEE - Project Choice to become a business partner for placements is the best step when increasing your social inclusion and disability participation in the wider community.

We provide support for every Intern placement to ensure we maintain our relationships and create opportunities for young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, and/or Autism.

The intern should cost £0 and should always be of benefit to your business.

We provide up to 60 hours of placement support per week.

How we support the Intern and your organisation

We know that supporting Interns can be daunting and we are here to help you.

We support our partners and Interns by:

  • Training designated staff within your organisation to be Mentors
  • Working with you to create bespoke roles and responsibilities that match the intern’s skills and also the needs of the business.
  • Conducting weekly or fortnightly reviews to ensure the quality of the placement for both your business and the Intern.
  • Being available at any point to assist with any issues that arise from the placement.
  • Provide a one to one Job coach on site when required.
  • Direct contact to a local Project Choice Coordinator and Area Manager

Additional support available to Partners

  • Assistance with Disability Confident Applications  
  • Applications to nationally recognised Employability Awards.

Benefits of partnering with HEE - Project Choice

National Business

  • Additional staff support and support for your business.
  • Meets the requirements of Disability Confident Employer commitment.
  • Strengthening your Corporate Social Responsibility.  
  • Free training on disability awareness and mentoring to staff.
  • National recognition as being a partner with the NHS.

Local Business  

  • Additional staff support and support for your business.
  • Free training on disability awareness and mentoring
  • Support with Access to work applications
  • Direct links to the local community and the NHS.

NHS Trusts

  • Meets the Talent for Care agenda to increase employment for vulnerable groups.
  • Project Choice and Supported Internships are included in the NHS 5 year strategic plan.
  • Labour and skills support for already stretched NHS workforce.

Interested? Contact us

For more information or to schedule a meeting to discuss Project Choice, please contact

Alice Nicholas

Employer Engagement Officer

Alice.Nicholas@hee.nhs.uk