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Supported Internships, Apprenticeships, Traineeships

There are many opportunities to get involved in supported internships, apprenticeships and traineeships. Project SEARCH offers young people with special educational needs and disabilities the chance to do a supported internship at Brent Council's Civic Centre or other local employers in Wembley Park.

What is a supported Internship?

  • A combined programme of study and work experience over an academic year
  • Opportunity for young people with learning disabilities and/or autism to develop existing skills and learn new skills in a workplace, not a college
  • Opportunity to try different jobs and have varied work experiences
  • The Aim is to get a paid job at the end of the programme
  • Brent Council is a partner on two supported internships (Charing Cross Hospital and Brent Civic Centre), there are many more across North West London, applications should be made through FE colleges.

Over 400 young people now take part every year in 30 schemes supported by west London boroughs, with an average employment achievement rate of over 60 per cent.

Brent's Project SEARCH programmes are co-ordinated by the College of North West London (CNWL). Students must be aged between 16 and 24, have a recognised learning difficulty or disability and hold an education health and care (EHC) plan or learning difficulty assessment (LDA). Applications should be made through the CNWL. 

Shaw Trust Internship

Find attached the Shaw Trust Internship Brochure and an Application Form to apply for the Internship

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UCG Supported Internships

There are many Supported Internships available in West London to our target audience of young people aged 18-24 with learning disabilities or difficulties who are preparing to move into employment, and who would benefit from such a programme which focusses directly on preparing for employment with work experience taking place on-site at businesses

You can find information about all of our internships here:

For Wembley Park & Charing Cross Hospital: Supported Internships (

For Westminster City Hall & Goldman Sachs: Supported Internships (

Mencap's supported internships are delivered to small groups and provide access to work experience opportunities with a wide range of employers across lots of different sectors, supporting people to find paid work at the end of the programme. 



Some charities and employers offer traineeships for young people with SEND. Shaw Trust and Harrington Scheme are examples of charities which offer traineeships. 

Supported Employment Calendar

To keep up to date with Employment related activities please view the newly created Supported Employment Calendar. Details of various events to support Young people with SEND regarding development, skills and employment are available within the calendar. Please find attached the calendar to view


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