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James Knight - Supported Internship at Elvira's Café













Foundation Studies student James Knight is currently completing his Supported Internship placement at Elvira's Café in Abbots Langley. Elvira’s Café is in the exhibition gallery at the Henderson Hub, an area that offers a wide variety of entertainment activities such as visual arts, live comedy, theatre, cinema, music and family-based events.

James’ role includes serving customers, using the digital till system, cleaning tables, washing up and communicating positively with the local public. Through his time at Elvira’s, he has developed skills that help him work at a fast pace, he has learnt to take pressure in his stride.

James expressed his love for working at Elvira’s saying: “I love my time at Elvira’s. I have learnt things that I will be able to take with me for the rest of my life. The staff and customers are now my friends who I really enjoy spending time with. I feel safe, happy and liked when I'm at work.”

Elvira’s Café Manager, Geri, had many positive words to say about James’ time at Elvira’s Café: “James's approach to his duties is very professional, he puts a lot of effort into every task he is assigned to and makes sure customers are happy with his service. James works hard and is good at getting used the new tasks we introduce him to. Over time he has turned into a valuable member of Elvira's team and continues to win with his outgoing personality and friendly approach to the public and the rest of our team members. We're all really happy to be working with James.”

A Supported Internship is specifically aimed at young people aged 16-24 who have a statement of special educational needs, a Learning Difficulty Assessment, or an Education Health and Care plan, who want to move into employment and need extra support to do so.

Find out more about how you can help create employment opportunities for young people with learning difficulties and disabilities here.