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.