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Supported Internships

For young people with an EHCP a supported internship is a pathway to employment and works towards sustainable, paid employment. They last from six months to a year and include unpaid work placements. A job coach is on hand and can attend the work placement to support the young person. Young people on supported internships are entitled to access to work funding to support them. This can be used for job coach support, workplace adaptations and in some cases travel. Your college should advise you on this support. All local colleges offer supported internships and you can find out more by using the What Next? guide or by visiting their websites.

City of Portsmouth College – Supported Internship

Havant and Southdowns College – Supported Internship


Apprenticeships combine hands-on training in a job with study. This means that you can earn a salary while you learn new skills and study for a nationally recognised qualification. There are no debts for the study as the government and the employer pay for your fees.

Levels of apprenticeship

Apprenticeships have equivalent educational levels.

  • Intermediate or Level 2 is the equivalent of 5 GCSE passes at grades 4 to 9 (or A* to C).
  • Advanced or Level 3 is equivalent to 2 A-level passes.
  • Higher or Levels 4,5,6 and 7 are equivalent to a foundation degree or above.
  • Degree or Levels 6 and 7 are equivalent to a bachelor’s or master’s degree.

Who can apply?

To apply for an apprenticeship you’ll need to be:

  • 16 or over
  • not in full-time education
  • living in England

Inclusive Apprenticeships

Inclusive Apprenticeships have been introduced so that people with SEND can more easily access an apprenticeship programme.  They provide a supportive environment for learners to develop their skills and experience. The entry requirements for maths and English are also more flexible on these programmes.

In Portsmouth, Minstead Trust are a key provider of Inclusive Apprenticeships which they deliver in partnership with Smart Training. They provide qualifications in Customer Service, Production Chef, Retail and Warehouse Operative.

Havant and Southdowns College  provide a range of apprenticeships.

City of Portsmouth College provide a range of apprenticeships.

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Access to Work

The Access to Work scheme gives grants to help disabled people or those with a health condition to start working or stay in work. Apprenticeships fall into this category. You can find out more about these and whether you would be eligible in this easy read guide for Access to Work. Alternatively you can use the video below.





Apprenticeship information for young people with a vision or hearing impairment

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