Supported Internships

Supported Internships are personalised study programmes based primarily at an employer’s premises.

They are designed to better enable young people with are for young people with a learning difficulties and/or disabilities aged 16-24 with an Education Health and Care Plan, and who need extra help to move from college into employment.

  • Supported internships normally last for a year and include unpaid work placements of at least six months.
  • For the young person, the internship should contribute to long-term goals and fit with their working capabilities.
  • For the employer, the internship must meet a real business need, with the potential of a paid job at the end of the programme of study, should the intern meet the required standard.

    Alan Seeley shares his experience of his internship and the positive progression he took to secure paid employment:

    Colleges currently offering supported internships:

  • West Sussex - Chichester College (including Brinsbury Campus); and
  • Surrounding area - Plumpton College and Team Domenica (in partnership with Brighton Metropolitan College).


    What training and support do you get from the college?

    All interns will be allocated a job coach for the duration of the internship. The core role of the job coach is to provide tailored support to young people to enable them to gain, learn from, develop in and maintain their internship and to make a positive progression on to paid sustainable employment. They also work closely with the employer to provide support for both them and the intern. They will agree the required standards the intern must meet with the employer before the start of the internship.

  • What is a Supported Internship Job Coach?
  • What is a Supported Internship Job Coach? Summary Document

    Employing Job Coaches

  • Base - Best Practice Guidelines
  • National Occupational Standards

    Further Reading:

    The information in this material has been drawn from the Department for Educational document Supported Internships. Please use below link for the full document.

  • Gov.uk Supported Internships
  • Base Uk. Org
  • Preparing for adulthood
  • What is a Supported Internship?