Expanse Learning provide a structured Supported Internship programme that is based primarily within the workplace. Expanse Learning’s Supported Internship programme enables young people aged 16-24 with a statement of SEN, or Education, Health and Care plan to achieve sustainable paid employment by equipping them with the skills they need to work, through learning in the workplace.
Alongside their time at the employer, a young person will complete a personalised study programme which will include working towards the four key areas of Preparing for Adulthood Health, Community Inclusion, Independent Living and Employability. Each young person will also study for relevant substantial qualifications, in English and Math.
What is a successful outcome from a supported internship?
The aim of our supported internships programme is to prepare young people with complex needs for paid employment by:
- supporting them to develop the skills valued by employers
- enabling them to demonstrate their value in the workplace and developing confidence in their own abilities to perform successfully at work.
Whilst the ideal outcome from a supported internship will be the offer of a paid job from an employer, possibly the employer who hosted the intern’s work placement, other outcomes include:
- building up experience for a CV, demonstrating that the young person has the skills and willingness to work;
- changing the perception of employers about employing people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities;
- changing the perception of the young person’s family that they can work;
- improving skills in English and Math that enable the young person to be better prepared for work, including handling money, interacting with the public, and practising interview skills; and
- Developing the skills needed to travel independently to and from a place of work
Preparing for Adulthood Website
Believe that young people with SEND should have equal life chances as they move into adulthood. This should include paid employment and higher education, housing options and independent living, good health, friends, relationships, community inclusion and choice and control over their lives and support.
Access to Work Fund page
Access to Work is a publicly funded employment support programme that aims to help more disabled people start or stay in work. It can provide practical and financial support if you have a disability or long term physical or mental health condition.