Supported Internships

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. Supported internships are unpaid, and last for a minimum of six months. Wherever possible, they support the young person to move into paid employment at the end of the programme. Alongside their time at the employer, young people complete a personalised study programme which includes the chance to study for relevant substantial qualifications, if appropriate, and English and maths.

In London, these are the Supported Internships that we are aware of that are currently being delivered:

These are the ones that we are aware of being planned:

  • City of Westminster College
  • Hammersmith and Ealing College (Project SEARCH with Ealing Borough, Ealing Mencap, and Hilton T5 Heathrow )
  • Richmond Council (Project SEARCH )
  • Barking and Dagenham College with Remploy (Greenwich Leisure Limited)
  • Croydon
  • Westminster and Kingsway College with Pure Innovations

More Information can be found on, who have also produced a guide to supported internships.