Supported internships are for young people between the ages of 16-25 who have an education health and care plan.
What does the internship involve?
In most cases, the internship will last for a year and includes an unpaid work placement of at least 6 months. This can be with one or more employers.
You will learn new skills through a personalised study plan at City College Plymouth. This could include learning to handle money or interacting with the public. A Job Coach will support you and work with you and your employer.
There is a range of internships available. These include health care, horticulture and catering.
In some cases, the employer may offer you a job at the end of the internship.
What will I gain from doing a supported internship?
A supported internship will allow you to:
- learn specific skills for your work placement
- gain qualifications such as in Maths and English
- build experience for your CV
- develop skills to get paid employment after your internship
- build your confidence and meet new people
Which education providers offer the programme?
You can complete a supported internship through City College.
New internships scheme for young people with learning difficulties
Funding during your internship
Support internships are unpaid, but you can apply for an Access to Work grant. This will help to pay for costs associated with your work placement. This could be travel expenses, support workers and specialist equipment.
You will be unable to get job seekers allowance but you can:
- apply for personal independence payment (PIP)
- continue to receive disability living allowance (DLA) (if already doing so)
This page is part of Plymouth's Local Offer.
This page was last updated on 05 December 2019