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Supported Internships

Our Supported Internships help SEND students to get job ready and secure paid or voluntary employment.

The Newham Supported Internship Programme supports young people aged between 16-24 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) with the skills to move into competitive employment.

The programme is a joint venture between the London Borough of Newham and Newham College, in partnership with key local employers within the Borough of Newham, Our Newham Work and Generate, agencies which provide job coaching and ongoing employment support.

Through training and direct work experience, young people will develop employability skills, self-confidence, job-specific skills, and Maths, English and ICT skills whilst working alongside employees in a real employment environment.

How does the Supported Internship programme work?

The programme runs for 10 months (from September 2021 to July 2022 inclusive) with 3 rotations with each rotation lasting for 3 months. Through these three targeted rotations, young people will acquire competitive, marketable and transferable skills that will enable them to apply for a related position as well as build communication, teamwork and problem solving skills.

The programme takes place in a workplace setting/business site (employers’ premises) where young people will undertake work experience alongside other employees.

Tutorials for functional and employability skills (including Maths and English) will be delivered in a base room at the workplace (employers’ site). The curriculum covers work behaviour, teamwork, communication, problem-solving, budgeting and technology.

Eligiblity criteria

  • Aged between 18-24 and eligible to work in the UK
  • Have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) (proof required)
  • Have a National Insurance Number (proof required)
  • Out of Work Benefit required (proof required)
  • Live in the London Borough of Newham
  • Have a Disability or Health and Social Care Support Need
  • Be able to work at Entry Level 2 or 3 and above
  • Be enthusiastic about the world of work, employment being the main focus and aspiring to secure competitive paid employment
  • Be able to commit to the full length of the one-year programme and work five days a week from 9am to 3.30pm
  • Be willing to learn to travel independently or be supported to
  • Have a positive attitude to gaining new skills, receiving instructions and following host company’s rules.

Application process

If you are interested in our Supported Internship programme, download and complete the application form and email to Angie Hincks at

All applicants will be shortlisted and invited to attend a skills and assessment day where they will take part in a short informal interview with the host employer and partners, and be asked to participate in some given tasks. Successful applicants will be enrolled to start the term in September 2021.

Following Supported Internships, many of our SEND learners secure full-time employment.

Need further guidance?

If you would like more information about our Supported Internship programme or need help with applying, please contact

Download Supported Internship application form Download Supported Internship guide