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, 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. A diverse workforce creates many benefits for businesses.

The UK has ten million disabled customers, which equates to 20% of all customers, with a combined annual spending power of £80 billion. Having a disability-inclusive workforce can enable employers to understand and access this sizeable market. (Preparing for adulthood)

Project Choice

Promoting employment opportunities for Interns with learning difficulties/ disabilities and/ or Autism through a supported internship course.

Project Search

DFN Project SEARCH is a transition to work programme committed to transforming the lives of young adults with a learning disability and autism or both.

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