Training, Apprenticeships, Supported Internships & Employment

Training, Apprenticeships, Supported Internships & Employment for children and young people with SEND.

Supported Internship

What is a supported internship?

A supported internship is a study programme that includes an unpaid work experience offered by a local employer which will last between 6 and 12 months. It is for you if you are aged 16 to 24 years old with a statement of educational needs, learning difficulty assessment or education, health and care plan and want to move into employment but need extra support to do so.

There are no entry or completion requirements, and each learning provider will work with you to develop a personalised programme that meets your needs and provides progression.

Although similar in aims to a traineeship or apprenticeship, supported internships differ in certain ways. On a supported internship you are expected to require a higher level of support than a trainee or apprentice, and will be offered work-place support in form of a job coach, as well as support for your non-work place learning.

The aim of the supported internship is to prepare you for paid employment.

Preparing for adulthood - Supported internships

What is good about a supported internship?

  • It supports you to develop the skills valued by employers
  • It enables you to demonstrate your value in the work place
  • You develop confidence in your own abilities to perform successfully at work
  • You can build up experience for a CV, demonstrating that you have the skills and willingness to work
  • It can help to change the perception of employers about employing people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities
  • It can help to change the perception of your family – proving that you can work
  • You can improve your skills in English and maths, enabling you to be better prepared for work, including handling money, interacting with the public and practising interview skills
  • You can learn to become an independent traveller.


What is a traineeship?

A traineeship is a training course with work experience that gets you ready for work or for an apprenticeship. It can last up to 6 months. Its aim is to provide work preparation, English and maths training for those that need it and a work experience.

Who can apply for a traineeship?

You can apply if you’re:
  • unemployed and have little or no work experience
  • aged 16 to 24 and qualified below Level 3
  • eligible to work in England.

What is good about a traineeship?

  • You will get the opportunity to improve your maths and English skills
  • It could allow you to move onto an apprenticeship after the traineeships is complete
  • You gain new employment skills
  • You gain real work experience locally
  • You may get paid expenses for meals and travel 

Applying for a traineeship

Visit the website to find a traineeship.


What is an apprenticeship?

An apprenticeship is a program that trains a worker to become skilled in a particular trade. Apprenticeships combine hands-on work with classroom learning to train the apprentice. Apprenticeships are considered full-time employment. As the apprentice is learning, they are also applying the lessons through working.

Levels of apprenticeship

Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels:

Name Level Equivalent educational level
Intermediate 2 5 GCSE passes at grades A* to C (or 9 to 4 on the new scale)
Advanced 3 2 A level passes
Higher 4, 5, 6 and 7 Foundation degree and above
Degree 6 and 7 Bachelor’s or master’s degree

Who can apply?

You can apply for an apprenticeship while you’re still at school. To start one, you’ll need to be:

  • 16 or over
  • not in full-time education
  • living in England.

What is good about an apprenticeship?

  • You will work alongside experienced staff
  • You gain job-specific skills
  • You earn a wage and get holiday pay
  • You study towards a related qualification (usually one day a week)
  • You’re not left with large ‘uni’ debts when you have completed the course.

Applying for an apprenticeship

Doncaster Council and Doncaster College both offer apprenticeships. Alternatively, you can find an apprenticeship on the website. 

Voluntary / Work Placements

There are lots of volunteering opportunities in Doncaster for those wanting to gain work experience. There are many benefits of volunteering, including improving your self confidence and gaining new skills and experience. 

Start in Doncaster

Start in Doncaster is aimed at 13 to 19 year olds (including those with Special Educational Needs) giving you a range of learning opportunities and accurate, up-to-date careers information to help you make well informed choices at 14 and / or 16 years of age. 

Finding Work

Mencap have produced some easy to read guides covering the following topic areas:

  • Finding a job or work experience
  • Application forms and CVs
  • Going to a job interview
  • Starting work

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Last updated: 22 October 2021 16:47:41