Supported Internship information for referrers, employers, and young people

Preparing young people for their future careers, helping them to get ready for work and improve their chances of getting an Apprenticeship or other job

The Supported Internship programme will give young people the experience of working and support them to develop their employability skills so that the move into employment is not as daunting. They will receive support with English and maths through engaging and interesting activities which are relevant to the workplace and will work towards an Employability Skills award.

Supported Internships is designed for young people who really want to move into employment and the course aims to support the move into paid employment at the end of the programme.

Tuition Fund 2021/22
The funding agency Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) have provided Hampshire Achieves with additional funding to support young people disadvantaged by COVID 19.
Who can apply for Supported Internship Plus
  • 16 – 24-year-olds and up to the age of 25 years old with an Educational Health Care Plan (ECHP)
  • Enthusiasm and commitment to learn and motivation to work
Programme information

We have designed a flexible programme that aims to prepare young people for the world of work, developing and using appropriate behaviours for work and improving maths and English.

The programme will run for 34 weeks across the academic year, including a 3 week initial induction period.

Induction period

The first 3 weeks is a period of induction and workplace preparation, delivered across three days per week, developing employability skills, maths, English and digital skills.

Core programme

Our aim is to empower learners and build their confidence as individuals in the workplace.

Training is then delivered on a blended learning approach up to two days per week in a classroom environment and online (remote), to support continued learning and develop employability skills and functional English and maths skills. In addition Interns also attend tutorial and pastoral sessions. There will also be a work placement opportunity which can be developed for up to 4 days a week dependent on individual needs and abilities.


The Supported Internship Team provide ongoing support for the young person in the curriculum elements, pastoral issues, career planning, researching job opportunities and their work placement.

In the work placement learners will be supported by a specialist Skills Coach. This is designed to give the Intern the opportunity to experience and gain skills to become a responsible and valued member of staff in the workforce. They will be initially supported by the Skills Coach until they have developed the knowledge and skills to work independently or with the support of a mentor in the placement. Learners will also build their confidence to travel independently where required.

Supported Internship bursaries

Learners may be eligible to receive a bursary, for financial support and help with travel costs in select circumstances. It is subject to personal circumstances and is available to those that meet the eligibility requirements. To find out more and refer a young person on either of these programmes: email

After the Supported Internship is over

All learners will have completed a work placement. Where possible or available an interview will be supported focused on securing a job or an apprenticeship.

If there is no available post the Skills Coach will support further applications for a job, apprenticeship, college course or make a referral to the Hampshire Futures STEP team for further support and to prepare for future opportunities.

Benefits to Employer

The Supported Internship Plus programme has fantastic support from its employers and is fortunate to receive excellent help from external partners who offer a range of placements, including various supermarket brands, day care and nursery settings, construction companies and more.

Having a Supported Intern is at no additional cost to an employer or business as it is funded by the government. It does require a little investment in the form of time and support. The programme gives your current employees experience in training and mentoring and allows you to design a programme that suits both the need of your business and the needs of the Intern. Each young person will also have a dedicated Skills Coach who can provide support in the workplace until a mentor is ready to take over or the young person is able to be independent in their work tasks.

Securing a work placement can provide a learner with invaluable ‘real work’ experience, whilst providing the employer with additional business support with a view to increasing capacity and productivity and a chance to help improve a young person’s employment chances.

Evidence shows that some young people leaving education are more disadvantaged when trying to find employment due to low skills, poor education, and health issues. This leads to a low level of opportunity to experience the world of work and gain important employability skills.

Supported Internship offers an opportunity for employers to understand and partake in a program that supports and emphasises the potential of SEN (Special Educational Needs) young people and their importance and value in the workplace and can also help you understand the process of becoming a disability confident employer.

How to provide a work placement for a learner on Supported Internship

Skills and Participation has received overwhelming support from departments, managers, and organisations in offering placements to learners in the past and now asks you to consider offering a nine-month work placement to a young person. The start date for new cohorts is November through to July.

If you are interested in offering a placement, please advise your Departmental Co-ordinator/Manager, or if your organisation is outside of Hampshire County Council, please email: or esh@hants,

Principles for good quality work placements
  • Choice and relevance- Placements to be offered in sectors that are relevant to a young person interest, skill, need and considers their long-term aspiration whilst undertaking high quality work experience.
  • Organisational readiness – Commitment from senior managers or supporting manager and a low ratio of Interns to experienced staff
  • Good preparation – Thorough pre-placement preparation by Hampshire Achieves, employer, skills coach and prospective Intern and an understanding of young peoples’ circumstances that may affect their workplace behaviour
  • Written agreement – Made between the Intern, employer, Skills Coach, and provider, which sets out mutual expectations and commitments, including the training plan and arrangements for reviews
  • A planned placement – A structured induction, clear objectives and integrated off-the-job training, with an identified mentor or buddy
  • Feedback and review – Regular constructive feedback from managers

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