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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. 

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.

Find out how to get careers advice (opens a new window)

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

Find out more about Mencap Supported Internships (opens a new window)

Download an expressions of interest form (word) and send to 

Ruth Collins
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

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

Project Search Frequently Asked Questions Sheet (word)

Project Search Flyer (word)

Project Search Information Sheet (word)

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) 

Internship Provider: Queensmill College 

Employer partner: West Middlesex University Hospital

Find out more on the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and West Middlesex University Hospital website (opens a new window)

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)