A supported internship is a structured programme of study undertaken by a young person aged 16-24 with learning difficulties or disabilities.

Supported internships

What are supported interships?

Supported internships are programmes specially adapted to meet the skills and ability of an individual whilst fulfilling a genuine business need for the employer. The programme combines unpaid work with an employer and time in college to gain skills such as maths, English, ICT, Health and Safety and job search skills.

The young person is partnered with a job coach (a member of staff) to mentor them, offer support and build confidence when in your workplace.

Why should I offer one?

Finding new ways to inspire, recruit, retain and engage employees is vital for all businesses. Bringing young people with learning disabilities into your business can boost employee engagement, raise your business profile, and provides you with trusworthy, reliable employees. It also provides excellent connections with your community.

Tips for businesses

If you’re considering offering supported internships, you’ll need to be able to commit to providing a high-quality work experience which is substantial and meaningful for the young person.

The placement should last for an academic year (10 months) and allow one day off per week of study time. A mentor should be allocated to offer support and guidance.

Preparing For Adulthood offer useful resources for businesses within their supported internship area, including frequently asked questions.

Could you provide a Supported Internship?

Read the Department for Education guide on Supported Internships

Read the Department for Education guide on Supported Internships

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