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Supported Internships

Supported internships are programmes that support young people with SEND move from education to employment.  Each programme has its own criteria, these are the main features

West London College, Richmond College, West Thames College and other colleges as well support locally.  There is a wide range of placements available at varying levels of Special Educational Needs. 

This is ‘support to find work from a 1-year work experience placement’.

The minimum and only requirements are:

  • Over 18 and work ready i.e. do not intend to remain in full time education beyond this placement
  • Capability to travel independently before or during the placement

Other criteria are by programme and can include:

  • With or in process of obtaining an EHCP
  • Likely to learn more by 'doing' as learning is mainly on the job 
  • Unpaid
  • must be able to commit 10 months- usually a 5 days a week (with holidays)
  • if possible move into paid employment at end maybe with different company
  • personalised study programme
  • You apply directly to each programme

See a full list of Local Supported Internships lower down the page.  Each programme has a supporting college, employment partner and employer.


  1. Attend Open Days - often programmes have their own Open Days or evenings  (Nov-Jan) or attend a Supported Internship event : Usually November and January for the following September.
  2. Get, complete and return application form to the college or supported Employment Partner-it will say on the form.
  3. Advise SEN Case officer - of your plan
  4. Attend Skills review and short interview Feb-May
  5. Advise SEN Case officer of result
  6. If successful enrol at College & start

Some Supported Internships run at different times and may have other criteria.

If you are not sure about your options and if a supported internship is for you get some careers advice first.

Make sure you let your SEN Case Officer know so they can arrange for any support in your EHCP to be delivered.

Local Supported Internship Programmes

List of Providers & education click on link for further information- or Complete programme

Charing Cross Hospital - College of North West London

Hounslow Council- West Thames College

Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK) - West Thames College

Hilton Hotel Supported Internship- Hammersmith and Fulham college

L'Oreal & Hammersmith & Fulham Council - West London college

Marriott Hotel Supported Internship- Meadow high School

Northwick Park Hospital - Harrow College

Pavilions Uxbridge- Prospects

West Middlesex University Hospital -Queensmill School

Royal Borough Kensington and Chelsea

Other London Supported Internships

Moorfields Eye Hospital - City Road London EC1 City and Islington college

Public Health England Colindale - With Barnet and Southgate college

St. Georges Hospital -Tooting SW17- Cricket Green School Mitcham

TfL - Steps into Work:  a supported internship for higher functioning young people alongside Barnet and Southgate College - no EHCP necessary.

Westminster City Council programme with City of Westminster College and Westminster Employment.

Careers Advice

Connexions work with young people and can also advice schools on preparing for adulthood with specialist advisors for young people with SEND

Skills escalator service if you get housing benefits, this service can give you one-to-one careers advice

The National Careers Service provides lots of free information and advice for young people to help you make decisions about learning, training and work opportunities.

If you have a disability and you're studying on a course or looking to get into work, there is lots of advice available on the website too

Scope have a support to work service online and by phone - Find out more