What is a supported internship?
Supported internships are structured study programmes based primarily at an employer. They enable young people aged 16-24 with a statement of SEN, a Learning Difficulty Assessment or an Education, Health and Care plan 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. 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.
Preparing for Adulthood has created an Easy Read guide to supported internships.
Hampshire County Council's Supported Internship Programme
Hampshire County Council's Supported Internship Plus Programme aims to prepare young people for the world of work, developing and using appropriate behaviours for work, improving maths and English and helping them learn skills for independence. Supported Internships aim to support young people to move into paid employment at the end of the programme.
Hampshire County Council and the Isle of Wight Council worked in partnership with education providers in a position to further develop Supported Internships. This resulted in a pilot with eight colleges across the authorities offering a minimum of 36 places by September 2016. This pilot was monitored through a small working group made up of Local Authority officers including Support4SEND, Parent Voice and Job Centre plus.
The colleges that took part in the pilot were:
For more information on the supported internships available locally, contact the colleges listed above.