If you have a learning difficulty or disability, a supported internship could enable you to achieve sustainable, paid employment. You will learn the skills you need for work through learning in the workplace. Internships normally last for a year and include unpaid work placements of at least six months. You should be able to move into paid employment at the end of your internship. You will complete your own study programme which includes the chance to study for qualifications, if suitable, and English and Maths to an appropriate level.

In your area you can do a supported internship through one of our further education colleges and get work with a local employer – so you won’t have the hassle and expense of travelling too far. You will need to have an Education, Health and Care plan to qualify.

Former St Philip’s pupil Georgina, joined Kingston College’s Supported Internship programme in September 2016 and as a result quickly secured a work placement with Premier Inn Kingston working in the kitchen. Georgina is close to completing a three month trial period after which she hopes to be offered a permanent position with the company.

Georgina
Supported Internship student

Or, if you would prefer to remain in a school setting post 16, some of our secondary schools are geared up to help you gain qualifications and transition on to your next stage.

The Local Offer

If you have a special educational need or disability and would prefer to remain in a school setting post 16, some of our secondary schools are geared up help you gain qualifications and transition on to your next stage.

For more information, go to our Local Offer website at www.afcinfo.org.uk/local_offer and search for Post 16 options – what next?

Or email 14-19@achievingforchildren.org.uk

Download our Opportunities Pack, which sets out post 16 education and training options (up to and including Level 2) available locally – whether in learning or apprenticeships and provides links to access further information.