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Supported Internships

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

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Setting up a local supported internship forum and training job coaches

Setting up a local supported internship forum and training job coaches

17th Jan 2018 at 10:04

In November 2017, the Government announced £9.7m for local authorities to increase the number of supported internships and other pathways to employment for young people with SEND (special educational needs and disabilities), by establishing local supported internship forums and training additional job coaches.

This document provides more information about setting up a local supported internship forum and the benefits of doing so for young people with SEND, and includes a case study of an existing forum in Leeds. It also provides information about job coach training, and a list of useful contacts.

Tags: Employment, Guide, Best Practice, Supported Internships

Access to Work Fund

Access to Work Fund

28th Sep 2017 at 09:55

Young people on or about to start the work experience placement of a supported internship, or traineeship with a disability or health condition, can apply to the Department for Work and Pensions' Access to Work fund for the following...

Tags: Supported Employment, Guide, Supported Internships

Why host a supported internship placement?

Why host a supported internship placement?

6th Jun 2017 at 16:22

There are lots of good reasons to host a supported internship work placement, which is FREE to the employer. As well as making a contribution to society and increasing the diversity of your workforce to reflect your customers and society, the benefits to your business include:

Tags: Guide, Supported Internships

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