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Job support for young people

Apprenticeships, traineeships and supported internships


Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.

As an apprentice you’ll:

  • work alongside experienced staff
  • gain job-specific skills
  • earn a wage and get holiday pay
  • study towards a related qualification (usually one day a week)

Apprenticeships take 1 to 4 years to complete depending on their level.

Full information on apprenticeships can be found on the GOV.UK website (link opens in new window), where they offer advice on:

  • becoming an apprentice
  • find apprenticeships
  • how to write a winning apprenticeship application
  • a guide to apprenticeships


Traineeships are designed help young people who want to get an apprenticeship or job but don’t yet have appropriate skills or experience.

A traineeship is an education and training programme with work experience that unlocks the great potential of young people and prepares them for their future careers by helping them to become ‘work ready’.

Designed to help young people aged 16 to 24 who don’t yet have the appropriate skills or experience, traineeships provide the essential work preparation training, English, maths and work experience needed to secure an apprenticeship or employment.

Full information on traineeships can be found on the GOV.UK website (link opens in new window), where they offer advice on how to find a traineeship too.

Supported internships

Supported internships are a structured study programme based primarily at an employer.

They enable young people aged 16-24 with a statement of SEN, a Learning Difficulty Assessment or an Education, Health and Care plan to achieve sustainable paid employment by equipping them with the skills they need for work, through learning in the workplace.

Supported internships are unpaid, and last for a minimum of six months. Wherever possible, they support the young person to move into paid employment at the end of the programme.

Alongside their time at the employer, young people complete a personalised study programme which includes the chance to study for relevant substantial qualifications, if appropriate, English and Maths.

Full information and useful links on supported internships is available on the Preparing for Adulthood website (link opens in new window).

Support available from employment agencies

Some employment agencies will offer help for people with learning disabilities. Our advice is to look on your favourite search engine and do some research to make sure the agency you choose meet your needs.

Studying in the UK as a disabled student

The following article looks at studying in the UK as a student with disabilities (link opens in new window), which may be of use to you. The article written by Caroline Mathiasen covers – your rights as a disabled person, information on university offices for disabled students, adjustments and scholarships & loans.