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Local Offer: A Quick Guide to Supported Internships - WNC

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Supported Internships if You Have an Education, Health, and Care (EHC) Plan

A supported internship is an unpaid work-based study programme. It’ll help you take the first step from education into the workplace while gaining the skills you need to get a paid job. 

What You’ll Do as a Supported Intern:

You’ll spend most of your time as a supported intern in the workplace to develop skills you need for work.

A supported internship includes:

  • an unpaid work placement of at least 6 months
  • support from a qualified job coach
  • a personalised study programme, including English and maths skills

Entry Requirements for Supported Internships:

You need to be aged 16-24 years and have an EHC Plan to start a supported internship.

Qualification You’ll Earn:

Supported internships mostly focus on teaching you the general skills you need for work.

However, your study programme might include the chance to study a relevant qualification at a level that’s suitable for you.

Finding a Supported Internship:

Speak to your school, college, and/or EHC caseworker if you're interested in doing a supported internship.

The following organisations offer supported internships:

After Your Supported Internship:

The aim of a supported internship is to prepare you for working in a paid job.

After you have completed it, you could get a paid job at the same place you did your supported internship or you could look for a job with a different employer.

You could also carry on training by doing something like an apprenticeship.

More Information:


  • Brackley Area
  • Daventry Area
  • Northampton Area
  • Towcester Area
  • West Northamptonshire
  • Northamptonshire
Additional languages
Translation and/or Interpreting Available on Request
Age range
Suitable for ages from 16 years to 24 years
Referral route
  • Professional Referral
  • Self Referral
For people with
Special Educational Needs or a Disability (SEND)
Eligibility criteria
  • Age Range - School
  • Age Range - Adulthood
  • Special Educational Needs or a Disability (SEND)
Provider category
Specialist Services - For those who require longer-term support


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Last updated 20 June 2024