Increasing options and improving provision for children with special educational needs (SEN)

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Supported internships for young people with special educational needs (SEN)

The supported internships scheme helps young people aged 16 to 24 with complex learning difficulties or disabilities to find work.

The scheme is run by further education (FE) colleges, who work with employers to:

  • find a job that suits the abilities of each intern
  • create a unique study programme so all interns can learn the necessary skills to do the job

Study programmes include on-the-job training with expert coaches responsible for supporting both interns and their employers.

Programmes can also give interns the opportunity to study courses to develop other relevant skills, such as effective communication or understanding money.

The jobs are likely to be in catering, retail and healthcare.

As of September 2013, all FE colleges, sixth forms and independent specialist providers can offer supported internships as part of their learning programme for SEN students.

On 18 October 2013, we published advice for providers of study programmes on supported internships.

You can find useful resources and detailed information on setting up supported internships in the Preparing for Adulthood programme (PfA) website.

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