Eoin Searle, aged 22, has cerebral palsy and is a student at Treloar College in Alton. Following the success of a Supported Internship with Vets4Pets in Farnham, he has decided to set up his own photography business.
This opportunity, which allows for students to get hands-on experience working for a company, has helped Eoin to develop the skills and experience to start up his own enterprising business, Searle’s Photography.
Eoin said of his Supported Internship and new business venture:
“My Supported Internship not only gave me confidence, it taught me work skills and how to be professional in the working world.
I have really enjoyed setting up my own business and website to share my photography and I have already made some sales. I have been passionate about photography since I got my first camera, aged 6”
Alongside his business selling his photographs at searlesphotography.shop , Eoin has also been offered employment beyond his internship year at Vets4Pets.
Job Coach, Charlotte Warwick-Mills said:
“It’s absolutely brilliant that Eoin has set up his own website for his photography business alongside his work placement. His internship year has given him confidence in his own abilities, leading him on to further opportunities.
Treloar’s Supported Internships involve working together with businesses to create learning workplace opportunities for our students and for inclusive employers.”
Treloar’s are urging local businesses to consider joining their Supported Internship programmes. If you would like to find out more information about the Supported Internships programme and how to get involved, please contact Maria Sherwood, Progress and Transition Manager, on firstname.lastname@example.org