Supported Internship - information for referrers 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 employment

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.

Who can apply for Supported Internship

  • 16 – 24-year-olds and up to the age of 25 years old with an Educational Health Care Plan (ECHP)
  • Young people with an EHCP who can demonstrate the enthusiasm and commitment to learn and motivation to work
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Thank you all for the effort you have put into making the work placements so good for the learners. Ollie has loved being on the programme.
Supported Internship parent feedback

Programme information

We have designed a flexible one-year 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 3 days a week dependent on individual needs and abilities.

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There has been a notable change in Tommy's confidence and independence since starting and this can be attributed to the scheme.
Supported Internship parent feedback


The Supported Internship Team provide ongoing support for the young person in the curriculum elements, with 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 [email protected].

On completion of the Supported Internship

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 with further applications for a job, apprenticeship, or college course.

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