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Supported Internship at Harrow College

Course description

For young people with severe learning difficulties and/or disabilities aged 16 to 24 with a Statement of Special Educational Needs, a Learning Difficulty Assessment, or an Education, Health and Care Plan who want to move into employment and need extra support to do so.

Course content

Supported internships are structured study programmes based primarily at an employer. They are intended to enable young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities to achieve sustainable, paid employment by equipping them with the skills they need for work through learning in the workplace. Students complete a personalised study programme which includes the chance to study for relevant substantial qualifications, if suitable, and English and maths to an appropriate level.

In the class and in the workplace young people with complex needs will prepare for paid employment by:

  • supporting them to develop the skills valued by employers;
  • enabling them to demonstrate their value in the workplace; and
  • developing confidence in their own abilities to perform successfully at work. There will be support from a job coach in the placement.

Entry requirements

There are no entry or completion requirements for supported internships, and each learning provider will work with their interns to develop a personalised programme that meets their needs and provides progression and stretch.

  • aged 16-24;
  • with a Learning Difficulty Assessment;
  • with a keen desire to work, preferably with some work experience gained;
  • either already an independent traveller or willing to train to become one;
  • not in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance.


Personal goals will be set depending on individual needs.

Future opportunities

Internships normally last for a year and include unpaid work placements of at least six months. Wherever possible, they support the young person to move into paid employment at the end of the programme.

Further information

Equipment or materials:

As required by the placement.

Additional costs:

There may be some travel costs that might be recoverable.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Harrow College directly.

Last updated date: 30 March 2016
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