New DfE guidance on Supported Internships issued

The Department for Education has published new guidance for providers of Supported Internships in England. The government aims to double the capacity of the Supported Internship programme to provide thousands more young people who have additional needs with the skills to secure and sustain paid employment. Backed by £18 million over 3 years, the programme will drive up the standards and quality of internship delivery across the country for students who have an education, health and care plan.

This guidance sets out what education providers need to know in order to set up a supported internship programme. It provides practical guidance on developing and delivering supported internships, including information on:

  • funding
  • programme design
  • staffing
  • the various partnerships on which supported internships are founded

The guidance draws on the 2020 Cooper Gibson research on supported internships as well as the experiences of providers and local authorities who have been running successful supported internships programmes to support young people with education, health and care plans into employment.

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The new guidance can be found at and we hope a pdf version will be available soon.