Supported internships are structured study programmes based primarily at an employer.
They are designed to enable young people with SEND to achieve sustainable, paid employment by equipping them with the skills that they need for work, through learning in the workplace.
Internships normally last for a year and include unpaid work placements of at least six months. Wherever possible, they support the young person to move into paid employment at the end of the programme.
Why supported internships?
Supported internships are an effective route to progress towards paid employment for many young people with education, health and care plans or equivalent.
Who are they for?
Supported internships are for young people aged 16-24 with an education, health and care plan who want to move into employment and need extra support to do so.
Any institution that receives a funding allocation directly from the Education Funding Agency can deliver supported internships.
This includes further education colleges, schools and independent specialist providers.
What’s happening in Lambeth?
We are building a Supported Employment Partnership that will help create new opportunities in Lambeth.
The SEND team, the Economic Inclusion team, Lambeth schools and colleges, supported employment providers and community organisations are all working together to find ways of linking up with local employers.
The aim is to increase the number of internships and widen the range of work areas year by year.