Supported internships are a structured study programme based primarily at an employer. They enable young people aged 16 to 24 with a statement of SEN, or an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP) 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.
Currently within Hillingdon there are two supported internships called Project Search. These are run by Ealing and Hammersmith College and Meadow High School. Ealing and Hammersmith College work jointly with the Sofitel Heathrow hotel and are due to start a new programme in September 2019. Meadow High school work jointly with the Hayes Marriott hotel.
Supported Internships are for those young people who have an Education Health Care Plan and who are between the ages of 16 to 24.
People can apply for a supported internship by contacting either Ealing and Hammersmith College, or Meadow High School. Young people should also consider speaking to the Special Education Need and Disabilities (SEND) team or discuss this in the annual review of their EHCP.
If you would like to know more about supported internships and employment for people with special educational needs and disabilities there are a variety of organisations you can contact.
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