Supported Internship
About this course
Wiltshire Supported Internship Programme is a study programme which is delivered by Wiltshire College in partnership with Wiltshire Council. Following a successful 1st year pilot in 2014-15, the Wiltshire Supported Internship study programme is now open for applications for 2015-16.

Supported Internships are individualised Study Programmes which are designed to equip students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities with the skills they need to secure paid employment.

For a young person, the Supported Internship should fit into their long term career aspirations and fit in with their working capabilities. Progression onto a supported internship will have been a topic of conversation at the young person’s annual review meeting.

For the employer, the Internship must meet a real business need and provide the potential of a paid job at the end of the Study Programme, should the intern meet the required standard
What will I learn?

The structured Study Programme includes functional skills English and Maths, preparation for work and on-the-job training and support for both the Intern and the Employer. An Inclusive Learning Facilitator and experienced Job Coach will work closely together to facilitate learning and personal development.

Students also benefit from:

  • Individualised Study Programme
  • Opportunity to continue to develop English, Maths & ICT skills
  • Tailored programme designed to meet the young person’s requirements
  • Transferable work skills with opportunities to practice skills in real life situations.
  • A real possibility of paid employment at the end of the Internship.
  • Inclusive Learning Facilitator and Job Coach working closely alongside the learner.
  • Real time (unpaid) work experience with a range of employers – learning on the job opportunities.
Entry requirements
Supported Internships are for young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities aged 18 to 24 who have had a Statement of Special Educational Need, a Learning Difficulty Assessment or an Education, Health & Care Plan who are eligible for High Needs funding through their local Authority and want to move into employment and need additional support to do so.
Study, assessment and qualifications
Additional costs and information

What is the application process?
You can apply for the Wiltshire Supported Internship Study Programme in the same way as you apply for other College Study Programmes.  You must meet the eligibility criteria for Supported Internships in order to be short-listed for consideration for the programme.

Who are the partners?
Education – Wiltshire College
Job Coaches – Wiltshire Employment Support Team.


How is it funded?
Wiltshire Supported Internships are Study Programmes funded through a combination of Education Funding Agency core funding and High Needs placement funding from the Local Authority

Applications for further additional support can be made through Access to Work funding and can help pay for the support an individual may need because of their disability or long term health condition, for example:

  • Aids and equipment in the workplace
  • Adapting equipment to make it easier to use
  • Money toward any additional travel costs to and from work if the young person cannot use available public transport, or they need help to adapt a vehicle
  • An interpreter or other communication support at a job interview or other practical help at work, such as a job coach or a sign language interpreter

Contact details
For more information about Wiltshire Supported Internships please contact either:
Wiltshire College  
E: supportedinternships@wiltshire.ac.uk

Employment and Community Skills (Wiltshire Employment Support Team)
E: west.cc@wiltshire.gov.uk

What could I do next?

Supported Internships are individualised Study Programmes which are designed to equip students with learning difficulties and/ or disabilities with the skills they need to secure paid employment.

For a young person, the Supported Internship should fit into their long term career aspirations and fit in with their working capabilities.

For the employer, the Internship must meet a real business need and provide the potential of a paid job at the end of the Study Programme, should the intern meet the required standard.