Supported Internships

Supported Internships continue to grow for young people with SEND

A record number of Barnsley young people with Special Educational Needs and Disability (aged 16-24) are taking part on a supported Internship this academic year.

The table below shows the number of Barnsley young people taking part over the last few years:

The excellent outcomes achieved in Borough continue to fuel popularity for the programme, with 65% of young people achieving employment (both paid and non-paid – majority paid) and 86% moving into positive destinations after successful completion of the internship.

A supported internship is a study programme for young people aged 16-24 with an Education, Health & Care Plan (EHCP). It is heavily weighted towards a work placement where the young person is supported by a job coach, funded by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). There is also classroom study to develop employability skills and young people’s Maths and English, preparing them for employment after completion of the programme.

There are a number of local providers including Barnsley College and Dearne Valley College (DVC) as well as a number of specialist providers including Greenacre and Camhill who are all involved with the Supported Internship programme.

For more information, you can contact Barnsley Council’s Targeted Information Advice and Guidance (TIAG) Team, search the Barnsley Local Offer or visit