Supported internships

Supported internships are a study programme based primarily at an employer. They enable young people aged 16-24 with a statement of Special Education Needs, 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.

For more information, visit Preparing for Adulthood.


Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study. This means you can earn money while you learn the skills needed for your career.


Traineeships combine training with work experience. They help young people aged 16-24 to prepare for an apprenticeship or other employment.

Supported internships

Supported internships help young people aged 16-24 to learn the skills they need for work, through learning in the workplace.


Volunteering can be a great opportunity to develop skills and learn new ones, whilst also having fun and getting work experience.

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