Employers can support our SEND students with the skills needed for adulthood and employment.
Supported internships were introduced to give a greater focus on preparing young people with special educational needs and disabilities with the skills needed for adulthood and employment. Supported internships are structured study programmes aimed at young people (aged 16-24) with an Education Health and Care plan to gain experience within a supported environment based primarily on site at an employer. They provide a platform for young people to achieve sustainable employment by equipping them with the skills they need for work through learning in the workplace.
Supported internships are unpaid and wherever possible, they support the young person to move into paid employment at the end of the programme. During their time with the employer, supported interns spend one to two days a week at Middlesbrough College learning employability skills along with English and maths qualifications.