Supported internships are a structured study programme based primarily at an employer. They enable young people aged 16-24 with a Learning Difficulty Assessment or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), to achieve sustainable paid employment by equipping them with the skills they need for work, through learning in the workplace.
Supported internships are unpaid, and last for a minimum of six months, but are normally for a year. They are usually 20 hours per week. 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.
In Wandsworth, supported internships are offered by:
More information can be found on www.preparingforadulthood.org.uk, who have also produced a guide to supported internships.
Suggested process for getting place on a supported internship
Attend Open Days - often programmes have their own open days or evenings or attend a Supported Internship event, often held in November and January for the following September.
- Get, complete and return application form to the college or supported Employment Partner
- Advise your EHCCo (EHC Co-ordinator) of your plan
- Attend internship interview
- Advise your EHCCo of result
- If successful enrol and start
Some Supported Internships run outside of academic years.
If you are not sure about your options or if a supported internship is for you, get some careers advice first. Please speak with your school or college on this.
Make sure you let your EHCCo know so they can arrange for any support in your EHCP to be delivered during your internship.
The Further Education Colleges and Schools hold open days or open evenings about the Supported Internship(s) they offer, usually between January and April, to enable young people and their families to gain a better understanding of the opportunities they can offer. The open events are also a chance for interested students and their families to ask questions and to submit application forms
The West London Alliance (WLA) is a public sector partnership between seven West London local authorities of Barnet, Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon and Hounslow. They publish the West London Guide to Supported Internships on their website each year (opens a new window)
Wandsworth Council is excited to be looking at a new supported internship for September 2023 which will be a DFN Project Search. Applicants must also be capable of travelling independently to and from their places of training and home, or be willing to be travel trained to do so. Further details will be announced on this offer in the new academic year. In the meantime we would like to hear from you if you are interested in a supported internship and therefore, please can you complete the expression of interest form.