Supported internships provide employers with an opportunity to see how disabled young people can benefit their businesses. This is a study programme for students aged 16 to 24 with complex learning difficulties or disabilities who need extra support to move into employment.
The student will be based primarily with the employer and both will be supported by an expert job coach.
Work in Sandwell
Supported internship programmes are now available at The Westminster School in Rowley Regis, Sandwell College, Dudley College and pre-internship programmes are available at the Meadows Sports College in Oldbury.
In Sandwell 25 young people have participated in a supported internship or pre-internship programme since 2016 and four of these young people have progressed onto an apprenticeship.
- Government guidance on supported internships
- The Education and Training Foundation has produced a toolkit for learning providers to use when initially engaging with employers about providing supported internships.