Supported internships help young people with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) aged 16-25 to achieve sustainable, paid employment. The personalised programme allows the young person to learn in the workplace whilst also having the chance to study for relevant qualifications, if suitable, at an appropriate level.

The internship normally lasts for a year and includes at least six months of unpaid work experience. Although similar to a traineeship or apprenticeship, this type of programme is tailored to those who would require a higher level of support, such as a job coach.

For more information about supported internships visit the Preparing for Adulthood website or contact


Benefits of doing a Supported Internship

Short             Improve communication skills

Medium        Develop confidence in a wider social network

Long             Progress towards life goals and aspirations, such as getting a job


It may also be possible to benefit from the Access to Work fund which can be used to provide additional support/equipment, including a job coach and/or the extra cost of transport if it is not possible to use public transport.

Related sites

SEND_logo.jpgSEND Local Offer - Local Offer contains information about services relating to special educational needs, disabilities, education and more.

gov.uk_crown.jpgAccess to Work - An Access to Work grant can pay for practical support if you have a disability, health or mental health condition.

Prep_4_Adulthood_logo.jpgSupported Internships - Information from the Preparing for Adulthood site

ssias_logo.jpgSEND Surrey - Information, advice and support from the SSIASS service in Surrey

YNM.jpgSEND Route Planner - 16+ Route Planner for those with SEND

Surrey_Choices_Logo.jpgEmployAbility (Surrey Choices) - EmployAbility is a dedicated service that helps to find work placements, training, volunteer opportunities and paid work for you if you have autism or a learning, physical or sensory disability

Family_Voice_Surrey_logo.jpgFamily Voice Surrey - Giving Surrey parents a strong collective voice, a forum to share knowledge and empowerment to improve opportunities for our children