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Supported internships


Supported internships are a structured study programme based primarily at a host business. They enable young people aged 16 to 24 with 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.

Who provides supported internships?

Currently within Hillingdon there are two supported internships following the hugely successful DFN Project Search model. These are based at the Marriott Hotel Hayes, and a new programme for September 2020 at Hillingdon Council based at the Civic Centre in Uxbridge.

Video of Marriott Project Search graduates

London Borough of Hillingdon DFN Project Search Transition to Work

In addition there is also a supported internship based in The Pavilions Shopping Centre which is provided by Prospects. 

Who can take part and how to apply.

Supported Internships are for those young people who have an Education,Health and Care Plan and who are between the ages of 17 to 24.

People can apply for a supported internship by contacting the programmes directly. 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.

  • DFN Project Search at the Marriott Hotel Hayes, please contact Mr Andy Bunker on 01895 443310 or email

Marriott Project Search Information Flyer

  • DFN Project Search at the London Borough of Hillingdon, for more details please contact Stuart Smith on

London Borough of Hillingdon Project Search flyer

Additional support

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.

These include:

Last reviewed: 16/04/2019

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