Supported internships

Do you want to:

  • employ a more diverse workforce?
  • change the lives of young people with disabilities?
  • become more disability-confident as a business?
  • have access to free support for you and your intern?

Supported Internships are a 1-year study programme designed to give young people (16-24) with Educational Needs and/or Disabilities a valuable work experience opportunity and a good chance of gaining paid employment. They include a substantial unpaid work placement with an employer as well as relevant, vocational training (delivered by a learning provider). Funding is provided to support the learner with an in-work Job Coach and any reasonable adjustments they may need eg equipment. The job coach ensures a well-matched placement and provides support for the student and employer.

For learners with disabilities this programme offers a route into work with the support they need to reach their potential.

Supported Internships have proven successful and beneficial elsewhere (see National Grid’s ever-growing EmployAbility programme), and from September 2016 Barnsley’s employers will be taking on their own interns under this model.

Benefits for an organisation include:

  • higher enthusiasm / accuracy / productivity created by the match of learner and role (which spreads to the wider team)
  • a fresh perspective
  • improved reputation by employing a diverse workforce including people with disabilities
  • becoming part of an employer and provider partnership group and changing the lives of young people in Barnsley

If you would like more information or to get involved please contact StephanieLee@barnsley.gov.uk