Supported Internships

Supported internships enable young people aged 16-24 with a statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN), or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) to achieve paid employment by equipping them with the skills they need for work, through learning in the workplace.

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Supported internships are a structured study programme based primarily at an employer’s premises.

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, the young people complete a personalised study programme which includes the chance to study for relevant substantial qualifications (if appropriate) and English and maths.

Who can apply?

  • People aged between 16 and 24, with a statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) and/or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).
  • Applicants must have an aspiration to gain employment.
  • Applicants should be eager to become more independent and more confident.

Employers wanting to get involved

A diverse workforce creates many benefits for businesses. The UK has 10 million disabled customers, which equates to 20% of all customers, with a combined annual spending power of £80 billion.

Having a disability-inclusive workforce can enable employers to understand and access this sizeable market. There are many ways in which employers can increase the number of people with disabilities in their workforce, including supported internships. Every supported internship is different, as every young person has different abilities and career aspirations.

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Complete the form below and you will receive a call back from a member of the College’s Learning for Life team so you can ask more questions and we can assess your suitability for the programme.

Where are they now?

Michael Hedges, working at Safe Regeneration.

“Thanks to support from the Learning for Life team and tutors from around the College, I have studied a range of different courses at Hugh Baird College. The tutors treat you as an adult and always listen to what you have to say. They are very calm when working with you and nothing is too much trouble. Any problems you may have, they will help you with. I am currently working at Safe Regeneration in Bootle as part of my Supported Internship. The job is great and get to learn so much. In the future, I hope to get a full time job and earn a wage. I’m sure the skills I’ve learnt at College will help me with this.”