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Supported Internships are one year study programmes run by Plumpton College, with the core aim being to find paid, sustainable work for young adults with SEND.

This is a real hands-on course where you'll spend at least one day a week in a working business, but it is largely based in the community. A brilliant opportunity for you to develop practical skills, you'll get to develop your existing skills and transfer them from the college environment to the workplace.

You'll be encouraged to look at the barriers that are preventing you from working independently, all with an end goal of finding a job to suit your aspirations. 

Course content 

You will spend time at college looking at lots of different types of jobs and careers and meeting different employers and businesses. This will be a fantastic opportunity for you to see what work is really like and what suits you. You'll also spend time building your confidence of being independent; so things like learning how to get to work and problem solve on your own. Students will have a variety of work-based opportunities to build on their transferable skills such as personal behaviour for success, health & safety awareness and team-building. Most courses are land-based but students have opportunities for placements in retail and catering where appropriate. 

Supported Internships focus on developing a young person's independence; every student will be offered a six month work placement within a business where there is the likelihood of paid work coming up. You'll have loads of support and regular reviews to make sure you get the most of from your experience.

Additional Qualifications 

You'll be able to study for your Emergency First Aid at Work qualification. Plus students develop their English and math skills within the work placement but are not entered for exams as attendance at work placements would not allow them to do so.

Entry Requirements:
  • You'll need to be 18 - 23 with an Education, Health and Care plan and be in your final year of college
  • Alternatively if you do not have an Education, Health and Care plan we can offer you a Supported Traineeship 
  • If you've got Entry Level or Level 1, 2 or 3 vocational qualification skills this will be a suitable course
  • You'll need to want to work and feel ready to take the steps to start working
  • This is an ideal course if you have learning disabilities or difficulties getting into paid work

Dates & Location:

September 2018


1 year, full time

3 days per week

I chose a Supported Internship at Plumpton as I felt it met my needs - it meant I was able to go into the Waste Profession industry which is an area that I'm passionate about. I also like the fact the course helps you with other skills to prepare you for adulthood such as getting the bus, building confidence and making friends. I have enjoyed the varied work placements and having a Supported Internship has definitely got me closer to my goal which is to be a happy Recycling Operative. 

Jack Smethem

Supported Internship

Future Opportunities

A high number of our Supported Internship students gain full or part-time employment as a result of completing the course. We work work-based providers in the community to help you transition into work. 

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