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Supported internships

Supported internships are structured study programmes based primarily with an employer. They enable young people aged 16-24 with an Education, Health and Care plan to achieve sustainable paid employment by equipping them with the skills they need for work, through learning in the workplace supported by a job coach.

Supported internships are unpaid, and last for a minimum of six months, usually 12 months. Wherever possible, they support the young person to move into paid employment at the end of the programme.

Alongside their time at the employer, young people complete a personalised study programme which includes the chance to study for relevant substantial qualifications, if appropriate, and English and maths.

Take a look at the Hobbycraft Distribution Centre and The Foundations Federation supported internship video for more information.

Project SEARCH - University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust in partnership with Sodexo.  Project SEARCH is an employment focused education programme which aims to give students the opportunity to develop employability skills and get hands on experience in the workplace.

Who can use the service?

Young people aged 16-24 with an education, health and care plan.

Are there any costs?

No, although young people will be expected to travel to the employer’s premises.

How can I refer?

Places are limited so please talk to your local college or special school sixth form about whether they deliver supported internships or search for supported internships.

What happens after referral?

Your education provider will advise you whether they feel that a supported internship is an appropriate study programme for you.

What happens when I become an adult?

Young people aged 16-24 with an education, health and care plan are eligible.

How do I find out more?

routes into work guide is available, which provides information about options for young people with special educational needs and disabilities to help move into paid employment.

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