What are Supported Internships?

What are Supported Internships?

Supported internships are a structured study programme based primarily at an employer. They enable young people aged 16-24 with a statement of SEN, or an Education, Health and Care plan to achieve sustainable paid employment by equipping them with the skills they need for work, through learning in the workplace.

Supported internships are unpaid, and last for a minimum of six months. Wherever possible, they support the young person to move into paid employment at the end of the programme. Alongside their time at the employer, young people complete a personalised study programme which includes the chance to study for relevant substantial qualifications, if appropriate, and English and maths.

Who offers them?

We have published a list of all the Supported Internships in our Education and Employment section of the Local Offer. Please click on the following link to see all of the providers.

Supported Internships

Outcomes of Supported Internships

Outcomes for Newcastle learners who completed supported internships in the 2018/19 academic year as at the 31st October 2019

Name of provision Total Number of Newcastle Learners completing course Number who were offered 15+ hours paid work per week Number who were offered less than 15 hours paid work per week (not including zero hour contracts) Number with employment on zero hour contracts Number offered an apprenticeship Number who were offered traineeships Number undertaking voluntary work Number not employed or in training Number who have returned to study
Project Choice 11 5 0 0 1 2 1 1* 1
Newcastle College 15 0 1 1 3 4 1 3 2
City Learning 7 2 2 0 1 0 2 0 0

Tyne Coast

2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0

Hedleys College

2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
  37 7 4 1 5 6 7 4 3


* This young person was unable to progress due to illness.

Please note that other Colleges and learning providers undertake Supported Internships but did not supply us with their outcome information.



Our supported internship programmes provide individuals with learning difficulties and disabilities and/or autism real work experience within Newcastle City Council and other organisations in and around Newcastle. You will be fully supported within employment and have the opportunity to gain a recognised qualification. The main aim of the programme is to gain paid employment. In the last 3 years 15 out of 16 interns have successfully secured paid employment.