Apprenticeships and Supported Internships

All young people should be helped to develop the skills and experience, and achieve the qualifications they need to succeed in their careers. The overwhelming majority of young people with SEN are capable of sustainable paid employment with the right preparation and support.


Be an Apprentice

Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study. As an apprentice you will:

  • Work alongside experienced staff
  • gain job-specific skills
  • earn a wage and get holiday pay
  • study towards a related qualification (usually one day a week)

Apprenticeships take 1 to 4 years to complete depending on their level.


Supported Internships

From August 2013, all young people in full or part-time education aged 16 to 19 (16 to 24 where the student has a Learning Difficulty Assessment or Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan) have been expected to follow a study programme

Supported internships are structured study programmes based primarily at an employer. They are intended to enable young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities to achieve sustainable, paid employment by equipping them with the skills they need for work through learning in the workplace.


 For more information on supported internships:

Apprenticeship Stories

Traineeships and Apprenticeships