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Bexley Local Offer

Supported Internship Programme

What it is

The Supported Internship Programme is a personalised study programme for young people aged 16 – 24 who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). The programme usually lasts for a year, and it offers interns the opportunity to gain valuable practical experience in the workplace, whilst engaging in further complementary study at college alongside their work. They will generally spend a larger proportion of their time in the workplace, and will also study English and mathematics to the appropriate levels alongside any additional courses. The intern will receive the support of a 1:1 Job Coach, if required, to help them to develop their skills and confidence in the workplace. The goal at the end of the programme is for the intern to enter paid employment.

Who it is for

To be eligible for the Supported Internship Programme, prospective interns must:

  • Be aged 16 – 24 years old


  • Have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)

What it can provide

The Supported Internship Programme provides interns with the opportunity to develop their work skills and professional identity within a field of work in which they have expressed an interest. It also:

  • Provides valuable work and life experience
  • Helps students to develop their understanding of work and employment
  • Assists interns in developing their CV
  • Enables the intern to develop their skills and confidence
  • Raises the aspirations of the intern, their families and employers
  • Enables the intern to demonstrate their skills and capabilities
  • Assists the intern in progressing towards paid employment
  • Enables the intern to explore whether a chosen field of work is right for them, and to develop their understanding of work and employment
  • Includes the 1:1 support of a Job Coach to assist the intern in the workplace where needed, and to assist in the smooth transition between education and work, and independence in the workplace

More details are available through the articles below.


Learning & Enterprise College Bexley

5 Brampton Road, Bexleyheath, DA7 4EZ



London South East Colleges (Bexley)

Walnut Tree Road, Erith, DA8 1RA



Shooter’s Hill Sixth Form College

Red Lion Lane, London, SE18 4LD



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