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Supported internship programme

A supported internship programme is a work-based learning programme for 16 to 25-year-olds with an Education, Health, and Care Plan (EHCP).

Starting in September 2023, young people will complete 3 work rotations throughout an academic year with support from a job coach, who will then support their transition into paid employment.  

Job coaches and a qualified teacher will be on-site to meet the educational and training needs of the interns. As a result, interns acquire competitive, marketable, and transferable skills to move into paid employment.

Upcoming events:

Pathways to Employment: an event for young people with SEND

Choosing a Post-16 Provision for SEND learners: an online event for SEND learners and their families

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Benefits of a supported internship   

  • Gain valuable skills tailored for future job opportunities, specifically designed to support your unique needs and abilities
  • Foster self-confidence and establish meaningful connections with a supportive community of peers, mentors, and professionals
  • Develop essential work and life skills that will empower you to thrive personally and professionally
  • Benefit from the guidance and assistance of experienced job coaches dedicated to helping you succeed
  • Expand your social network and create lasting friendships while engaging in a supportive and inclusive environment

Aims and expected outcomes of the programme   

  • Empowering young people: The programme is designed to empower young individuals with SEND, providing them with choice and control over their future
  • Preparing for adulthood: The programme offers various opportunities that prepare participants for adult life and independent living
  • Transition into employment: One of the key aims of the programme is to support the transition of young people into employment once the programme concludes. DFN Project SEARCH has a track record of 60% of graduates securing paid jobs, demonstrating the program's successful outcomes

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Sign up for the programme

Complete the expression of interest form to learn about the next steps. Please note, this programme is for Haringey residents only. 

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Contact details 

For questions and more information, email

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Page last updated:

September 7, 2023