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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If you have never thought about offering a work placement or job to someone with learning difficulties, it's understandable to have some concerns.
This film from Leeds City Council looks at supported internships in the area and the benefits for young people and employers.
This film from City of Oxford College looks at the success of their first supported internship programme.
This factsheet is about study programmes. Study programmes are publicly-funded programmes of learning for 16 to 19 year olds, or 16 to 25 year olds where the student has a learning difficulty assessment or Education, Health and Care plan, which are based on a young person's prior attainment and designed to meet clear educational and career aspirations.
This factsheet is about supported internships. Supported Internships are personalised study programmes based primarily at an employer's premises. They are designed to better enable young people with severe learning difficulties and/or disabilities to achieve sustainable paid employment by equipping them with the skills they need for the workplace.