A supported internship is a type of study programme. It is specifically aimed at young people aged 16 to 24 who have an EHC plan, who want to move into employment and need extra support to do so.
Supported internships are structured study programmes based primarily on an employer. They are intended to enable young people with learning difficulties or disabilities to achieve sustainable, paid employment by giving them the work skills they need through learning in the workplace.
All young people should be helped to develop their skills and experience, and achieve the qualifications they need to succeed in their careers. Most young people with SEN can hold down a job with the right preparation and support.
Colleges that offer courses to provide ‘pathways to employment’ should concentrate on preparing students with SEN for work. This includes identifying the skills that employers value, and helping young people develop them.
Internships normally last for a year and include unpaid work placements of at least six months. Wherever possible, they support the young person to move into paid employment at the end of the programme. Supported internships are the final educational step before employment and not a step to college. Students complete a personalised study programme which includes the chance to study for relevant substantial qualifications, if suitable and English and maths to an appropriate level.
Supported internship providers in Somerset include:
- Project Search with Bridgwater and Taunton College (Musgrove Park Hospital)
- Bridgwater & Taunton College Supported Internship
- Supported Internship with Yeovil College (Yeovil District Hospital)
- Strode College Supported Internship
Each supported internship opportunity needs to be applied for, and will have it’s own recruitment and assessment workshop. Don’t forget to sign up to the Somerset EBP alert to receive information on new opportunities.
You can find more information about supported employment at Skill Up Somerset. Also watch the video below made by interns on a Supported Internship programme at Yeovil District Hospital.