Supported Internships

What are Supported Internships?

Supported Internships are based primarily at employer’s premises with on the job training and support. More information on these programmes is available from

Preparing for Adulthood Website. The most important requirement of a Supported Internship is that the young person wants to and is ready to work, but may need extra support to do this.

Blueberry Academy

As part of the personalised learning offer at Blueberry Academy, young people can access Supported Internships. These programmes have a minimum of 2 days per week in the workplace, with functional skills, independent living skills and employability offered alongside.

Interns are supported by a job coach, and support is gradually reduced as the intern becomes more independent at their tasks and duties. Blueberry works with a range of employers within the city and are currently supporting 12 internships with York St John University, City of York Council, Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust, York District Hospital and a range of other small local businesses.

The Blueberry information, advice and guidance team looks at the full range of needs a person has and supports trainees to explore employment options either with the placement provider or to apply for other opportunities which match their skills and abilities.

For more information, follow the link below to the Blueberry Website and their Facebook Page.

- Blueberry Website

- Blueberry Facebook Page

NHS (Project Choice)

 Only for students with EHCPs and is a one year programme. A placement would be organised across the week with one day reserved for employability and functional skills. There is the possibility of a different placement each term. Some of the placements are in a hospital setting, but some are out in the community. The young person is allocated a

workplace mentor along with the coordinator. Young people don’t get paid but will develop useful work related skills and be more ready to move into paid work at the end of the programme.

For any enquiries contact Katie Johnson or Andy Bucklee on: 01904 638885

For any enquiries contact Melanie Parkin or Richard Knight:


New to York and offering Supported Internships in a number of areas of interest to the young person. Only for young people who have an EHCP. Will usually be one year in duration. The programme will be personalised for each learner with possibility of up to 3 bespoke placements in particular areas of interest. Employability sessions will be offered along with functional skills or other qualifications to sit alongside work placements. Prospects say they will offer support to look for paid work towards the end of the programme.

United Response

Usually a two year programme. The first year would involve working in Café West to learn about employment skills such as rules and responsibilities, health and safety, working in a team and communication. The second year would be with an employer elsewhere in York related to what the young person wants to do. For example retail, hospitality, catering. Both years would include focused employability sessions and functional skills – either 1:1 work or small groups.

As provision develops your Specialist Careers Adviser can advise you on other options going forward. Your SCA will maintain contact with you especially around EHCP time and as young people progress through education.

For any enquiries contact Nicky Brown: 07584270348

For any enquiries contact Simon Copper: