Foundation Learning

Supported Internship

This programme makes the first steps into employment less daunting.


1-2 Years



Career Sector


Available At

Palmer's XTEND Digital

Start Date


Course overview

This is a one year course designed for students up to the age of 25 with an EHCP. It makes the first steps into employment and learning new skills less daunting for individuals with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.

The course will benefit students that would like to further develop their functional skills and carry out practical voluntary work with an employer.

They would want to gain work skills and qualities while working with an employer with the support of a job coach

This course will further develop the students Maths and English skills by gaining a qualification in Functional skills alongside an Employability Award or PSD-(Personal Social Development).  

Working with an employer will further develop their independence and social skills and prepare them for adulthood

Students will benefit from the support of an experienced Job Coach who specialises in guiding those with learning difficulties within the workplace. Students will spend two days at College and up to three days in the workplace each week.


What will I study? 

Studying two days at college and up to three days in the workplace per week, students will work towards qualifications in English, Maths and Employability or PSD. They will also learn the skills needed for the workplace, as well as be assessed in the workplace each week.

Students will complete a vocational profile and portfolio, with some taking examinations in English and Maths.

You will learn key elements of working with an employer; for example interview skills, practical tasks associated to your chosen career path, develop your English and Maths.

Through regular reviews, we will together recognise your potential setting goals to success. The course embeds the Preparation for Adulthood outcomes including accessing the wider community, independent living, friends, family and fun. 


Entry requirements

This Supported Internship is designed for young people with a recognised learning difficulty and/or a disability who are eager to continue their studies and prepare them for adulthood and paid employment. You will need:

  • Good attendance and commitment
  • Good work ethic
  • An Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

What could I do next?

The course length is one year.  Our ultimate aim is secure paid employment at the end of the internship or progress to an Apprenticeship programme. All learners are placed where there are real prospects of paid employment in the future.

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