Supported Internships AtW funding confirmed for 2020-21

DWP Ministers have agreed to continue Access to Work funding for employability activities delivered through Supported Internships through the 2020/21 academic year. This means that supported interns can continue to receive funded job coaching support for employment-related activities through Access to Work until the end of August 2021.

The Access to Work guidance will be updated in due course and we're expecting new provider guidance soon. You'll find the latest forms for Supported Internship Access to Work at

"Access to Work can fund workplace support for young people who are completing a government-funded supported internship, where they need support or adaptations beyond reasonable adjustments.

Students taking part in a supported internship who are unable to attend their work placements due to coronavirus (COVID-19) can apply for Access to Work funding until the end of August 2021 for work-related activities where:

  • a job coach leads the activity
  • the activities develop employability skills

Access to Work funding is available for employability activities that are delivered face-to-face or via digital methods.

Access to Work is not available to support academic learning activities such as English and Maths.

Supported interns who were not able to meet the core aim of their internship in the 2019 to 2020 academic year can receive up to an additional 39 weeks of Access to Work support in the 20/21 academic year.

Contact the Access to Work helpline on 0800 121 7479 for more information."