Supported internships are structured study programmes aimed at young people who need extra support to move into full time, paid employment. Supported internships are aimed at those aged 16 to 24 who have an Education, Health and Care plan.
Internships normally last for a year. Young people who complete a supported internship will be expected to move into paid employment at the end of the programme.
Supported Internships are designed to develop transferable skills, knowledge and attitudes in readiness for paid employment. Through training and direct work experience young people will develop employability skills, self-confidence, job-specific skills and Maths, English and ICT skills whilst working alongside employees in a real employment setting.
Classroom-based learning at the workplace enables interns to try out different work roles, supported by a tutor and job coaches. During the internships, the young people will undertake employment planning and application exercises designed to put as many of them as possible in a position to move directly into paid employment.
The number of Supported Internships is gradually increasing. The Islington Special Educational Needs (SEN) Team will have the up to date information on what may be available locally. The following Supported Internships are availalbe locally:
- National Star
- Westminster Kingsway College
- Go Into Employment (Project Search - Great Ormond Street)
- Go Into Employment (Project Search - Moorfields Eye Hospital)
- The Autism Project, CareTrade Charitable Trust
- Ambitious College (Project Search - Whittington Hospital)
The SEN Team coordinates the placements to Supported Internships for Islington residents.
Find out more with the Preparing for Adulthood Supported Internship Factsheet.
There are other projects in Islington that offer support to get into employment to young people with SEND or who have suffered mental health problems.