Supported Internships, Traineeships & Apprenticeships



Supported Internships are a way to gain experience and skills in the workplace. Supported internships are a structured study programme based primarily at an employer. They enable young people aged 16-24 with a statement of SEN, a Learning Difficulty Assessment or an Education, Health and Care plan to achieve sustainable paid employment by equipping them with the skills they need for work, through learning in the workplace. See below for local Supported Internship opportunities.

Southwark/Mencap Supported Internship

The Council has partnered with Mencap (a large charity working with people with such needs and their families) to offer Supported Internship programmes. The aim is to develop routes into work with young people with SEND.

Mencap has developed two options for young people with an EHCP who aspire to work. Based on an assessment carried out by Mencap, learners will either take a 1 year or 2-year programme, recognising that some people may need more support than others.


  • Aged 16-24
  • Have an EHCP
  • Have a learning disability, learning difficulty or autism 
  • Aspire to work and able to complete 300 hours of work experience

Please contact your EHCP Coordinator directly or you can email

For further info on the Mencap Scheme you can also contact:

Ruth Collins, Supported Internship Programme Lead -

More information here -

Link to the brochure -

Link to film from family perspective: John-Jo’s story -

Link to film covering all aspects of the programme: Patrick’s story

Westminster Kingsway College (WKC) WKC have a programme of Supported Internships for learners with learning difficulties.

Supported Internships are the perfect stepping stone for learners to transition into the world of work.
For more information about the Supported Internship programme click here.

Please contact Daire O Cleirigh, Student Support and Supported Internship Co-ordinator for any further questions on

Westminster Kingsway College
King’s Cross Centre
211 Gray’s Inn Road
Tel: 020 7963 4181

The Autism Project

If you are autistic aged between 18-25, have an Education Health and Care Plan and would like to work, The Autism Project may be able to help you reach your goals.

The Autism Project is a full time course run over 2 years; students attend 9am-4pm, Monday to Friday, for 72 weeks in total. The aim of the course is to help young adults with autism (18-25) prepare for employment by offering work experience placements in a supportive environment at Guy’s & St. Thomas’ Hospitals.

Training provided: City & Guilds Employability Qualifications (Entry 2 to Level 2) and Function Skills in English & Maths as needed, intensive supported work experience (approx. 600 hours in year 1), and a mock interview programme.

Tel: 020 3375 6288


Big Creative Education

Big Creative Education offer courses and Internal progression routes from Entry Level through to Level 3 (for 16-18 year olds and up to 25 years old if the learner has an EHCP).
BCE offer courses in:

  • Digital Media
  • Gaming
  • Drama
  • Dance
  • Fashion
  • Events Management
  • Music Production
  • Music Performance
  • Music Business

BCE also offer apprenticeships in Media, Marketing and Events. The BCE apprenticeship is a full-time advanced Level 3 course that combines creative industry employment with classroom-based learning for a duration of 15 months. Students will work on their coursework online and come in once a month for a masterclass. An apprenticeship at BCE will give young people the skills and experience needed to start a career within the creative industry. To find out entry requirements please refer to our website.

Who is the service for?
16-25 year olds who are interested in a creative pathway.

Criteria for access to service
Our courses our free. SEND leaners will need to provide an EHCP in order to see if we can support their needs.

Contact us
Phone: 020 3873 5800

Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study. As an apprentice you’ll:

  • be an employee, earning a wage and getting holiday pay

  • work alongside experienced staff

  • gain job-specific skills

  • get time for training and study related to your role (at least 20% of your normal working hours)

Apprenticeships take 1 to 5 years to complete depending on their level. Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels. Some apprenticeships may also give you an additional qualification, such as a diploma.

To start an apprenticeship, you’ll need to be:

  • 16 or over
  • living in England
  • not in full-time education 

See below for local Apprenticeship opportunities.

Find current Apprenticeship opportunities at the .Gov website by clicking here

The Southwark Apprenticeship Scheme provides the opportunity to gain work based skills and valuable qualifications. Working within Southwark Council or with one of the Council’s partners, the scheme offers a contract of employment for a minimum of 1 year and the chance to receive support from the central apprenticeship team, line managers, assessors and tutors. The Council will also provide coaching and mentoring support to ensure all apprentices are empowered to succeed in their placement. Applicants must be ages 16 or over, and fulfil the following criteria:

  • English language & mathematics A* to D for level 2 or adult literacy and numeracy level 1
  • English language & mathematics A* to C for level 3 and 4 or adult literacy and numeracy level 2
  • Able to work full time
  • You will be required to provide original English language and mathematics certificates.

The scheme recruits through out the year. Link to the website here

A Traineeship is an education and training programme with work experience that is focused on giving you the skills and experience that employers are looking for. Traineeships focus on work preparation training, English and maths for those who need it, and a high quality work experience placement. A traineeship will:

  • Put you in a better position to compete for an Apprenticeship or other job
  • Give you the opportunity to build your CV and get vital experience 
  • Improve your English and maths skills
  • Boost your chances of getting a job
  • Improve your long term prospects and earning potential over your lifetime

At the end of the work experience placement you will get a job interview with the company if a role becomes available or a reference and an exit interview.

Find current Traineeships on the Gov website by clicking here