Information & Benefits for Businesses
If you are interested in your business taking an intern, please complete our Enquiry Form for Businesses.
Supported Internships are unpaid, and last for a minimum of six months. Wherever possible, the supported internship programme supports the young person to move into paid employment at the end of their placement.
Alongside their time at the employer, young people complete a personalised study programme aimed to improve their employability and independence skills. Most interns will study for a BTEC in Skills for Life and Skills for Work, as well as Functional Skills Maths and English. If there is a more appropriate qualification that you need the intern to gain then we can consider this as an option, for example, a CSCS card. Young people on a supported internship with a disability or health condition can apply to the Department for Work and Pensions’ Access to Work fund. An Access to Work grant can cover the additional support a young person may need for the in-work element of supported internships, for example:
We will provide you with a fully trained Job Coach who will offer guidance and support to both you and the intern. Interns have the support of a Job Coach from Forward2Employment who will learn the task/tasks alongside the student and then in consultation with you and the intern, will slowly withdraw that support. They work with you and the intern as much or as little as is required to ensure the placement runs smoothly and the needs of both parties are catered for.
Business Benefits of Starting an Internship Program
Growing your own Talent
Test-drive the talent
Increase Employee-Retention Rate
Take Advantage of Low-Cost Labour
Find Candidates Free-of-Charge
Give Back to the Community
Upskilling your Current Workforce
We will also provide:
Free Disability Awareness Training tailored for your employees: We understand that it can be daunting working for the first time with young people who have a learning disability. It is a very good idea to make sure that employees who will be heavily involved in the internship programme complete a disability awareness training course to help allay any initial concerns and build the confidence and awareness of employees who will play a significant role in your Supported Internship programme. Although you may choose to focus on disability in its wider context, it’s also well worth considering doing some training with a focus on learning disabilities or autism awareness.
You will be fully involved in the selection process and you would be given the final decision on who we place with you. This would include a formal interview where the student would be supported by the Job Coach. Interns will not be selected on academic ability but on social/emotional maturity and independence.
- Interns should be able to stay in their placements and be able to manage behaviour/emotions with minimal support from work colleagues (Job Coaches would be on hand if needed).
- Interns will be able to work on simple/repetitive/structured tasks that are real and meaningful with minimal support from work colleagues/Job Coaches.
- Interns will be able to move independently around the premises.
- Interns will be able to sustain being part of a team.
- Interns will be working towards becoming an independent traveller if they are not already.
- Interns will be able to follow health and safety procedures after induction.