Supported Internship Programme

Participating boroughs: Harrow, Ealing, Brent and Barnet 

The West London Alliance Supported Internships Programme was established in Autumn 2015 to increase the number of Supported Internships and employment opportunities for young people with Special educational needs and disability (SEND). Supported internships are structured study programmes based at an employer's premises designed to enable young people with SEND to achieve sustainable, paid employment by equipping them with the skills they need for work through learning in the workplace. Internships are managed in partnership with a host business, an education provider and a supported employment provider who facilitate the move into paid employment. 

Currently it is estimated that less than 7% of young adults with learning disabilities are in paid employment in the UK. Following an Internship Programme, employment outcomes of upwards of 60% are being achieved in West London.

The Programme is focussed on the development of new internships as well as raising the profile of internship and employment opportunities for young people with SEND.

  • In 2015 there were 6 Supported Internship Programmes in West London offering 66 places. By the 2017-2018 academic year there will be 11 programmes and 119 places available.
  • The programme is raising awareness and expectations of employment through a series of communications and events aimed at young people, Schools, Colleges, Parents & Carers, Businesses and service providers.
  • The programme shares good practice and facilitates shared learning and evaluation across projects.

Internships are hosted in a range of business sectors including the following West London employers:  

  • Public Health England
  • Hilton London Heathrow Terminal 5
  • Glaxo Smith Kline
  • Imperial College NHS Healthcare Trust
  • Sofitel
  • L'Oreal
  • London Borough of Hounslow
  • Transport for London
  • Marriot
  • London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham 

For further information on the Supported Internship Programme please contact:  

Amanda Griffiths or Chris Delger

020 8825 5428/6631

*Source: The Royal Mencap Society

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