What is a Supported Internship?

Supported Internships are a structured, work-based study programme for 16-24 year olds with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). The programmes’ aim is to support students to gain paid employment by equipping them with the skills they need for work, through learning in the workplace.

Learners will spend 2 days in the workplace, learning real skills and 1 day in college focusing on English, maths and employability skills. Learners will be supported by our expert job coaches throughout the programme. Each learner will follow a personalised study programme alongside their time at the employer.

The internship runs for 1 academic year. The work placement is unpaid with the goal for successful leaners to secure a paid job at the end of their internship.

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Who is it for?

16 – 24 year olds who have an EHCP and are looking at getting into paid employment but need extra support.

To be eligible you must be:

  • A current Leeds City College student
  • Have an EHCP
  • Must be an independent traveller


  • Development of your confidence in a work setting
  • Work-based skills that are relevant to any role
  • Access to an expert job coach
  • Personalised support based on your individual needs
  • Encouragement and support with progression

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How do I apply?

Complete an enquiry form below

Once you have filled in the enquiry form a member of our team will get in touch and you will be invited to an information session.

For more information email supportedinternships@leedscitycollege.ac.uk

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    Our supported internships are delivered in partnership with Leeds City Council.

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