Supported Internships for learners with an education, health and care plan
Supported internships are a work-based study programme for young people aged 16 to 24 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), who have an education health and care (EHC) plan.
Supported internships equip young people with the skills they need to secure and sustain employment through learning in the workplace, with support from a qualified job coach. They last between 6 to 12 months.
Supported interns are enrolled with and supported by a learning provider, but spend most of their learning time – typically around 70% in the workplace.
Alongside their time with the employer, supported interns complete a personalised study programme delivered by the school/college, which includes the chance to study for relevant qualifications, if appropriate, and English and maths at an appropriate level.
Free government scheme but you may have your own business costs.
Some employers may choose to pay wages and cover expenses such as travel and living costs.
- a safe work environment
- workplaces adjustments the supported intern may need
- a line manager to support, supervise and mentor the student
- an induction which includes explaining relevant policies and procedures
- a welcoming environment and be willing to work collaboratively with the job coach, to support the young person to succeed
Benefits of Supported Internships for learners with an education, health and care plan
- create and support a diverse workforce
- provide a job coach who will support the intern and increase your confidence of employing individuals with additional needs
- increase your capacity and productivity
- allows you to shape a job role that suits both the needs of your business and the needs of the supported intern
Further information about supported internships
Our guidance on supported internships provides more information on how you can get involved.
- T Levels: industry placements
- Sector-based Work Academy Programme (SWAP)
- Skills Bootcamps
- Higher Technical Qualifications (HTQs)
- Supported Internships for learners with an education, health and care plan
- Care-Leaver covenant
- Employing prisoners and prison leavers
- Free courses and additional training for your employees