A supported internship is a study programme that includes an unpaid work experience offered by a local employer which will last between 6 and 12 months. It is for you if you are aged 16 to 24 years old with a statement of educational needs, learning difficulty assessment or education, health and care plan and want to move into employment but need extra support to do so.
There are no entry or completion requirements, and each learning provider will work with you to develop a personalised programme that meets your needs and provides progression.
Although similar in aims to a traineeship or apprenticeship, supported internships differ in certain ways. On a supported internship you are expected to require a higher level of support than a trainee or apprentice, and will be offered work-place support in form of a job coach, as well as support for your non-work place learning.
The aim of the supported internship is to prepare you for paid employment.
- What is good about a supported internship?
- it supports you to develop the skills valued by employers
- it enables you to demonstrate your value in the work place
- you develop confidence in your own abilities to perform successfully at work
- you can build up experience for a CV, demonstrating that you have the skills and willingness to work
- it can help to change the perception of employers about employing people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities
- it can help to change the perception of your family – proving that you can work
- you can improve your skills in English and maths, enabling you to be better prepared for work, including handling money, interacting with the public and practising interview skills
- you can learn to become an independent traveller.
- What is bad about a supported internship?
- there is no pay
- you cannot be on Job Seekers Allowance while part of an internship programme.
Where will I go to find a supported internship?
A supported internship would normally be associated with further education training colleges:
The Preparing for Adulthood website provides more information about supported internships.