Business FAQs

Business FAQs

Will it cost me to offer a Supported Internship work placement?
No, it is free for businesses.

Work placements for supported internships are unpaid as it is classed as a program of study.

Will the young person fit into my workplace?
We will work with you to understand the role or roles you have available, to ensure the best job match between the intern and you.

We may also suggest ‘job carving’, which means working with you to tailor the placement to best meet your business needs, whilst utilising the strengths and abilities of the young person.

What happens if things go wrong?
You will have the contact details of the Job Coach and they will be in contactable for any issues, to try and resolve these quickly.

Identifying any problems or concerns quickly is the best way to resolve them, thereby hopefully avoiding a possible breakdown of the placement.

If it becomes clear that the work placement is no longer viable, the Job Coach will work with you to bring it to an end.

What do I, as an employer, need to do?
You will have the contact details of the Job Coach and they will be in contactable for any issues, to try and resolve these quickly.

Identifying any problems or concerns quickly is the best way to resolve them, thereby hopefully avoiding a possible breakdown of the placement.

If it becomes clear that the work placement is no longer viable, the Job Coach will work with you to bring it to an end.

What support will I receive during the internship?
The Job Coach will work with you to arrange the induction & settling-in period and will provide as much support you may need throughout this time.

The Job Coach will also support you to make any reasonable adjustments that may be needed. These often cost nothing and can be of benefit to other employers as well. Where there is a cost, the Job Coach will apply for government funding to cover it.

What happens at the end of the internship?
Supported Internships aim to prepare young people with learning difficulties for employment. Therefore, if there is a vacancy within your organisation, we ask that the intern, who has been fulfilling a real business need in your organisation, be considered for that paid role.

This won’t always be possible as you may not be in a position to recruit, or the intern may not have met the required standards. In this instance, we ask that you provide a reference and give honest feedback to the job coach about the skills and/or behaviours that the young person still needs to develop.