National Supported Internship Day

We are proud to be celebrating National Supported Internship Day by highlighting our Supported Internship programme and celebrating our interns, past and present!  

National Supported Internship Day is the first national celebration of supported internships in the UK. It was launched in 2023 by the charity DFN Project SEARCH and is held annually on 27 March.

National Supported Internship Day poster

What is a supported internship?

A supported internship is an education programme in a workplace setting designed to help young people with disabilities transition from education to employment. These internships provide opportunities for individuals aged 16 to 24 with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan to gain practical work experience in a real workplace setting. 

What support is in a supported internship?

On a supported internship you get a wide range of personalised support, including a personal development plan. These are based on an individual’s strengths, skills, and interests.

  • You get support from a job coach who helps with your day-to-day tasks
  • You get support and encouragement from your tutors
  • You also get support and encouragement from those within the business of which you are working

What are the benefits of a supported internship?

Supported internships are a great opportunity for young people with learning disabilities or autism spectrum conditions to combine work with their education. Benefits of a supported internship include:

  • Personalised development programmes
  • Learning new skills that could be used in future employment
  • Building confidence and life skills
  • Working in a medium to large business setting
  • Making friends and developing your social skills
  • Support from trained job coaches to help you succeed
  • Gaining an accredited and practical qualifications

The aim of National Supported Internship Day is to raise awareness of supported internships and the challenges facing the sector.

Find out more about the campaign in this attached link.

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