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Supported Inrternships

Right2Work Supported Internships are a structured study programme specifically aimed at 16-24 year olds who have an Education Health Care Plan (EHCP) and who want to move into employment but will need support to do so.

A supported internship will be based primarily at an employer and will normally last a year. This includes unpaid work placements of at least 6 months. Wherever possible young people are supported into paid employment at the end of the programme.

Young people on supported internships are expected to require a higher level of support than a trainee or apprentice.

The benefits of this programme include:

  • Work place support in form of job coach.
  • Support for non-workplace learning.

There are no entry or completion requirements – each learning provider will work with interns to develop a personalised programme which will meet needs and provide progression.

Successful Outcomes from Supported Internships

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The aim is to prepare young people with complex needs for paid employment by:

  • Supporting them to develop skills valued by an employer.
  • Enabling them to demonstrate value in the workplace.
  • Developing their confidence in their abilities.

Right: Learners in Carlisle started the academic year ready to hit the ground running. Producing CVs, covering letters, mock interviews and run through team building activities. 

The ideal outcome is paid employment but other valid outcomes include:

  • Building up experience for CV.
  • Changing perceptions of employers.
  • Changing perceptions of young people and their families.
  • Improving skills in English and maths so young people are better prepared for work e.g. handling money, interacting with the public, practising interview skills.
  • Becoming independent travellers.

Taking those initial steps on the journey into employment is never straightforward and it can be harder for some young people.

That’s why Oaklea Trust, through its Right2Work social enterprise, is making that transition a bit smoother through Supported Internships.

Don’t take our word for it – hear from Rhys from Workington on how R2W helped him:

Take at look at our Brochure

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Have a look at our brochure on Supported Internships – it is full of case studies involving local young people who have benefited from this programme and have been supported! I can do it 2021 WEB Friendly


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