Supported internships with an education, health and care plan

An unpaid work-based study programme that usually lasts for one year. It includes an extended work placement that lasts for at least 6 months.

You'll take the first step from education into the workplace while gaining the skills you need to get a paid job.

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Starting a supported internship

To start a supported internship, you'll need to:

What you'll do as a supported intern

On a supported internship, you’ll spend the majority of your time in the work place, developing your skills for employment.

A supported internship includes:

  • an unpaid work placement of at least 6 months
  • support from a qualified job coach
  • a personalised study programme, including the chance to study a relevant qualification, if suitable, and English and maths to an appropriate level


You may be eligible for Access to Work funding.

The support you get will depend on your needs but could include a grant to help pay towards practical support with your work, including a job coach.

Help and advice

You can get help and advice from:

  • Preparing for Adulthood: guidance on supported internships and study programmes for young people with a disability or learning difficulty
  • Talking Futures: support for parents and guardians looking to explore education and career options with their child

Applying for a supported internship

You can apply for supported internships through your school or college.

Information for other countries: