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Intern Ben lands dream job at Holiday Inn

Ben Hodges

Ben Hodge is celebrating a year of being in his dream job – and he says it is all thanks to National Star.

He landed the permanent job at the Holiday Inn Express in Quedgeley, after an eight–week placement.

Ben, aged 23, had applied for scores of jobs before winning a Marks & Spencer funded traineeship at StarBistro.

‘I was applying for 10 jobs a day and while sometimes I was offered interviews, I never seemed to get any further,’ said Ben. ‘I felt my disability was holding me back and I just needed an employer to give me a chance.

‘National Star helped me become more confident. This is the first step to me fulfilling my ambition which is to manage a restaurant and a team of my own.’

National Star runs personalised internships for young adults with disabilities and learning difficulties. This year 22 interns are working with a wide range of employers in businesses ranging from groundwork to administration.

Find out more

Our Skills for Work programme is ideal for those with disabilities aged 16 to 25 who would like to gain workplace experience and practice new skills in a specialist, fully supported environment. Find out more by clicking here, phoning the Admissions team on 01242 534928 / 01242 527631 or emailing

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