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Mencap Training Academy (Supported Internships), Northamptonshire

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Mencap Training Academy is a specialist post-16 provider delivering supported internships.

Mencap’s free supported internship programme delivers education and training to 16–24-year-olds with a learning disability who have an Education, Health, and Care (EHC) Plan. 

Mencap aims to effectively support more people with a learning disability to move into paid work.

Who Can Do a Supported Internship?

To join a supported internship you need to:

  • be aged 16 to 24
  • have an Education, Health, and Care (EHC) Plan
  • want to find a job.

There are no qualification requirements. 

What Does a Supported Internship Involve?

With a Mencap supported internship you will get to do work experience and complete classroom learning about the world of work and skills for the workplace. We also provide additional support for those who need it.

Work Experience

Most of the programme is work-based and you will be required to complete at least 420 hours of work experience.

Mencap will find work experience placements for you that match your skills and interests. A Mencap caseworker and job coach will support you in the workplace, helping you to learn tasks and to get the most from your placement.

Classroom Learning

Mencap's tutors run classes to develop your understanding of the world of work. You will learn about how to find and apply for jobs, and about the skills and behaviours you will need to succeed in the workplace.

Mencap will also help you work toward English and maths qualifications if this is needed.

Additional Support

Mencap also provide extra support to learners who need it like travel training.

It can arrange enrichment activities like trips to museums and local heritage sites that support learning and develop your confidence and independence.

Northamptonshire Supported Internships

In Northampton, there is the option to take a 2-year version of the supported internship where the first year would have a greater focus on classroom learning, with less work experience. Contact Northampton's programme coordinator ([email protected]) to find out more. 

How to Apply

Contact [email protected] to find out more about programmes in your area and to discuss the enrolment process. Alternatively, you can start the enrolment process by completing the online referral form.

Mencap is a registered charity (no. 222377).

  • Brackley Area
  • Corby Area
  • Daventry Area
  • East Northants Area
  • Kettering Area
  • Northampton Area
  • Towcester Area
  • Wellingborough Area
  • North Northamptonshire
  • West Northamptonshire
  • Northamptonshire
Age range
Suitable for ages from 16 years to 24 years
Referral route
No Referral Needed
For people with
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Learning Disabilities
Eligibility criteria
Provider category
Specialist Services - For those who require longer-term support

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Last updated 20 June 2024