Guidance on continued funding for Internships job coaches

We have received confirmation that DWP will continue to fund job coaches supporting interns on Supported Internships study programmes in England, Scotland and Wales. The situation will be reviewed in January 2021. We welcome this sensible decision which will ensure that job coaches will be able to be retained for when placements restart.

The text from DWP states that,

"Access to Work payments can be claimed for work related activities, led by a job coach, which take place for a limited and specified period of time to develop employability skills for Supported Interns, where they cannot immediately attend planned work placements, due to Covid-19. Access to Work can be claimed whether those activities are delivered face-to-face or via digital methods until January 2021 when the position will be reviewed. As usual, Access to Work will not be available to support academic learning activities such as English and Maths."

Providers should note that the funding will only cover employability-related duties and not curriculum-based work.