Supported internships

What is a supported internship?

Supported internships are a structured, work-based study programme for 16 to 24 year-olds with SEND, who have an education, health and care (EHC) plan. The core aim of a supported internship study programme is a work placement based at the organisation, facilitated by the support of an expert job coach, tutor and employer.

How do they work?

Supported internships take place in a workplace environment where the young person will have been matched to a suitable job and employer. There you are assigned a work coach who will support you in learning all the skills you need to succeed in the workplace. You will complete a personalised study programme which provides the opportunity to gain relevant qualifications, as well as English and Maths if needed.

How long do they last?

They can last between six months to a year.

What qualifications do I need?

There are no required qualifications, however you must be between 16 and 24 with a statement of SEN or an Education, Health and Care Plan to apply for a supported internship.

What about fees and wages?

While supported internships are unpaid, they are also free so you do not need to pay any fees.

What are the benefits?

There are many benefits to starting a supported internship as follows:

  • They can lead directly into paid employment
  • The can help to improve self-esteem and boost confidence
  • You can acquiring new skills to take with you in the future
  •  They provide a reference and experience to boost your CV

How do I apply?

You should first contact your local training provider for further information on what they can offer regarding supported internships, you can then apply by submitting an application as for any other study programme, indicating your interest in the supported internship programme.

Where do I find vacancies?

Vacancies can be found through your local further education providers such as Horizons College and New College Swindon.

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