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Intern to Work - Supported Internships

Supported internships are a structured, work-based study programme for 16 to 24-year-olds with SEND, who have an Educational Health Care Plan. The core aim of a supported internship is a substantial work placement, facilitated by the support of an trained job coach. Supported internships last for a minimum of 6 months, and up to a year. Alongside their time with the employer, supported interns complete a personalised study programme delivered by the school or college, which includes the chance to study for relevant qualifications, if appropriate, English and maths. 

Every young person is supported in the work placement by a trained job coach, put in place by their education provider or a supported employment agency. The job coach provides in-work support that tapers off, if appropriate, as the supported intern becomes familiar with their role. Job coaches also work with employers, increasing their confidence in employing individuals with additional needs and helping them to create and support a diverse workforce.

DfE Supported Internship Guidance

National Development Team for Inclusion - Supported Internships

EASY READ Supported Internship Document

Preparing for Adulthood

Free one hour  webinar for Liverpool City Region employers and organisations delivered by Knowsley Council and Liverpool City Council to raise awareness of Learning Disabilities and Neurodiverse conditions including Autism, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Dyspraxia - contact for more information and how to register 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Chloe Foran
Contact Position
SEND Employment Support Officer
Supported Internships Website

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Internships Work is a new project which will enable 4500 young adults, aged 16-25 with additional needs, to benefit from a supported internship per year by 2025.

The project is funded by the Department for Education and will double the current supported internship provision in England. It is designed to support more young people with additional needs to have greater choice and control over their future, opening up opportunities that prepare them for adult life and independent living.

Internships WORK

Local Offer

Supported Internships
Local Offer Age Bands
Young Adults (16 to 25)
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