Providing supported internships for young people with an EHC plan

Guidance on how to provide supported internships for young people with special educational needs and an education, health and care (EHC) plan.

Applies to England



This is guidance about creating study programmes for young people with:

It also includes information about applying for Access to Work funding.

The guidance applies to:

It will also be of interest to:

  • local authorities as they determine their Local Offer, as required by the Children and Families Act
  • other bodies, such as supported employment agencies, who may be working with a learning provider as a key partner
Published 18 October 2013
Last updated 1 February 2022 + show all updates
  1. Updated the guidance on supported internships. There are no significant policy changes, but the updated guidance draws on the experiences of local authorities and providers who have been running successful supported internships programmes, and the 2020 Cooper Gibson research on supported internships.

  2. Extended review date: DfE has reviewed and republished this guidance and confirmed it is up to date.

  3. Added a link to the Access for Work website.

  4. Updated document with EFA funding information.

  5. Document updated to incorporate ideas and good practice identified from the supported internship pilot.

  6. First published.