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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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.
Will the young person fit into my workplace?
What happens if things go wrong?
What do I, as an employer, need to do?
What support will I receive during the internship?
What happens at the end of the internship?