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Supported Employment, Inclusive Apprenticeships and Internships

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Supported Employment Pathways

A Supported Employment Pathway is an inclusive route for learners with additional needs. They offer support during transition onto vocational pathways or into meaningful paid work.

Supported employment programmes will enable individuals to develop transferable skills and experiences. This will help towards sustainable employment and appropriate pathways. For example, through supported internships, volunteering and independent living.

Programmes aim to develop independence, vocational and academic skills. They also aim to provide on-site work experience opportunities.  You can find out more on the Careers East Sussex website:

Supported Inclusive Apprenticeships

An apprenticeship is a paid job which enables you to learn while you earn. You will normally spend about 4 days as an apprentice and 1 day with your training provider. 

Supported inclusive apprenticeships are similar to other apprenticeships. However, the minimum requirements for English and Maths can start from Entry Level 3 qualifications. This aims to provide more opportunities for those with a learning difficulty or disability to access them. You will receive support with:

Ben (Supported Inclusive Apprentice):

"I like how I get to do more practical based work, as well as a mixture of education within the course."

The workplace can also make reasonable adjustments and for end point assessments.

They are available to individuals who are 16-24 years old and have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). They may also be available to those who used to have a Statement of Educational need. A Level 2 (intermediate) apprenticeship usually lasts 12-18 months. The Government have created a website which provides more information about apprenticeships:

Amazing Apprenticeships is a website that shares lots of information about apprenticeships. This includes helpful resources. There are resources for young people and their parent carers:

Supported Internships

Supported internships are a structured, full-time, work-based study programme. They are for young people who:

Callum (Supported Intern):

"My Supported Internship has helped me to improve my confidence a lot. It has helped me come out of my shell."

The primary aim of a supported internship is to gain paid employment. This is preferably for 16 hours per week or more.

Interns will spend a large part of the programme in the workplace. This aims to equip them with the skills they need for work. The support of an expert job coach facilitates this.

Supported internship programmes will also help interns to:

Supported internships can last between 6 months to 1 year.

The East Sussex Supported Employment Forum (SEF) created two videos about supported internships. The videos talk about the benefits and experiences of this educational pathway. They include interns, employers and a parent:

You can find out more about East Sussex SEF on the main East Sussex County Council website:

Careers East Sussex

Careers East Sussex provides information on supported internships. The site also includes how to find local supported internships:

National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi)

NDTi have produced e-learning that provides an introduction to supported internships. The guide is interactive and can be a good place to start:

The NDTi website provides more information about internships: 

BASE (British Association for Supported Employment)

BASE have created supported internship guidance in an easy read format. You can find out more by visiting the BASE website:

Careers East Sussex

You may have met Careers East Sussex in your time at school. Careers East Sussex activities include:

These activities aim to help prepare young people in taking their next step in:

The Careers East Sussex site outlines information and pathways available to young people with SEND. This includes finding help with supported employment and careers advice:

Careers East Sussex also have an initiative and careers event, called iCan. 

iCan aims to support 12-25 year olds who have SEND. It enables them to develop confidence as they progress through education, into employment. It also enables them to become more independent as they transition into adulthood. The campaign also supports their parents, carers and supporters. You can find out more about iCan, on the Careers East Sussex site:

Additional Help and Support

Amazing Futures Careers

Amaze offer an Amazing Futures career support programme. This aims to help with:

The programme is for young people in Brighton & Hove, and East Sussex. This includes one-to-one support, training sessions and workshops. You can learn more by visiting the Amaze website:

Preparing for Adulthood (PfA)

PfA highlights information and resources that help young people when seeking employment. You can find out more by visiting the NDTi website:

Youth Employability Service (YES)

YES is a free impartial service which offers education and careers support and guidance to young people in the East Sussex area. They work with young people aged 16-18 who are:

They can support up to 25 for young people with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

East Sussex County Council commission YES.

East Sussex Local Offer on 1Space

You can visit our SEND-specific online directory, hosted on East Sussex 1Space. The directory lists many different services both throughout the county and online. Services cover many topics, including employment.

Glossary of East Sussex SEND Terms

We explain some of the terms used on this website on our page, Glossary of East Sussex SEND Terms.

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