↵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.
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.
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 or 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 during your internship.
Local supported internship providers and employer partners
Internship Provider - Mencap (new Kingston and Richmond area programme starting in 2021)
Employer Partner - Various Employers
Download an expressions of interest form (word) and send to
Mencap Supported Internship Programme Lead
Royal Mencap Supported Internships, Kingston United Reformed Church, Eden Street, KT1 1HZ
Mencap video - Patrick's Story
Mencap video - John-Jo and his mum share their experience
Internship Provider: Kingston College
Employer partner: Various partners
Internship Provider: Kingston Adult Education
Employer partner: NHS
Internship Provider: West Thames College
Employer partner: Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK) and Hounslow Council
Internship Provider: Barnet and Southgate College and Mencap
Employer partner: Transport for London (TfL) - Steps into Work
Internship Provider: Queensmill College
Employer partner: West Middlesex University Hospital
For further information, please contact:
Oscar Suarez (tutor)
Other Supported Internships opportunities
The West London Alliance (WLA) is a public sector partnership between seven West London local authorities of Barnet, Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon and Hounslow. They publish the West London Guide to Supported Internships on their website each year (opens a new window)