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