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Supported Internships for young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN)

Supported internships for young people with special educational needs (SEN) is a national scheme introduced by the Department for Education to help young people aged 16 to 24 with special educational needs and disabilities (including complex learning difficulties) to find work.

The scheme is run by further education (FE) colleges who work with employers to:

  • find a job that suits the abilities of each intern
  • create a unique study programme so all interns can learn the necessary skills to do the job

Study programmes include on-the-job training with expert coaches responsible for supporting both interns and their employers.

Programmes can also give interns the opportunity to take courses to develop other relevant skills, such as effective communication or understanding money.

All FE colleges, sixth forms and independent specialist providers can offer supported internships as part of their learning programme for SEN students.


Age Ranges
16 - 24

Last updated: 05 Jun 2023