Supported Internship Quality Assurance Framework

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The Supported Internship Quality Framework has been published. It was developed for the Department for Education by the Education and Training Foundation and their centres of excellence. The framework has been developed over the last 6 months and aims to improve the quality of Supported Internships (SIs) provision and outcomes.

Supported Internships (SI) are a study programme which provide an excellent platform and transition into meaningful paid work for young people aged 16-24 with an Education, Health and Care plan (EHCP). There is a growing data set which provides evidence that SIs do work and at scale. With the growth of SIs, we need to provide assurance in the quality and consistency of provision and ensure that interns have clear outcomes so they develop the skills and experiences they need for sustainable employment. This framework draws on effective practice and sets out what is required to achieve a high-quality SI. The framework asks you to develop a ‘culture’ of quality by committing to ongoing monitoring and reporting. It targets improvements and encourages you to proactively manage the quality of SI and outcomes for interns.

Aligned to the Supported Internships guidance, the Quality Assurance Framework should be used to determine the quality and success of your SI provision. It will highlight your strengths and should be used as an annual continuous improvement tool. It has been designed to support reflection and self-assessment, which will support your quality assurance and improvement journey. It acts as a scaffold to support the effectiveness of the SI and as a catalyst for driving change and improving provision, so there is an expectation for reviews to lead to an action plan.