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Preparing for Employment

Supported Internships

Supported internships are programmes that help young people with SEND move from education to employment.  

Programmes have their own criteria and entry requirements but share many of the same features. 

Supported Internships are carried out for the most part in the work place, young people are helped to find a Supported Internship employer and will be matched to a job that suits them. 

 Some internships are based with a specific employer with all training being carried out onsite. 

 In order to be eligible to undertake a supported internship you need to be:

  • Aged 16 to 24 years
  • Have an EHCP 

Providers may also have their own entry criteria that must be met. 

You will need to apply to the supported internship provider directly.  Some programmes are very popular so be sure to check application deadlines. 

See a full list of Local Supported Internships lower down the page.  Each programme has a supporting college, employment partner and employer.

Suggested process for getting place on a supported internship 
  • Attend Open Days - often programmes have their own open days or evenings or attend a Supported Internship event, often held in November and January for the following September.
  • Get, complete and return application form to the college or supported Employment Partner
  • Advise PfA Case officer of your plan
  • Attend internship interview
  • Advise PfA Case officer of result
  • If successful enrol and start

Some Supported Internships run outside of academic years. 

If you are not sure about your options and if a supported internship is for you get some careers advice first.

Make sure you let your PfA Case Officer know so they can arrange for any support in your EHCP to be delivered


Local supported internship providers and employer partners

Internship Provider: Kingston College

Employer partner: Various partners

Find out more on the Kingston College website (opens a new window) 

Internship Provider: Kingston Adult Education

Employer partner: NHS

Find out more on this page (opens a new window) 

Internship Provider: West Thames College

Employer partner: Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK) and Hounslow Council

Find out more on the West Thames College website (opens a new window) 


Internship Provider: Barnet and Southgate College and Mencap

Employer partner: Transport for London (TfL) - Steps into Work

Find out more on the TfL website (opens a new window)