A supported internship is a structured programme where the majority of the time is spent at employers’ premises. They enable young people aged 16-24 with Education, Health and Care plan to gain sustainable paid employment by equipping them with the skills they need for the workplace.
There are different pathways to getting a job, and supported internships is one way for young people with SEND to start their career.
Support throughout the programme is provided to both the young person and the employer by a Job Coach who will work with the employer and the intern to define the tasks and build their role. The programme can also provide the opportunity to study for qualifications including English and maths.
Interns are unpaid whilst on the programme. The programme lasts for a minimum of six months up to a year. The aim is to support the young person into paid employment at the end of the programme. The intern’s role should meet a real business need for the employer and add value to their business.
The Preparing for Adulthood website has further information about supported internships, including easy read documents and success stories.