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Apprenticeships, Internships and Traineeships

There are lots of different ways to continue learning and training. Some of the ways that young people can continue to learn and develop new skills does not require them to be in college or school all the time.

 These include:

  • Supported Internships
  • Apprenticeships
  • Traineeships
  • Study Programmes

Find out more in the sections below. You can also read the Preparing for Adulthood Routes into Work Guide

To apply for training programmes, contact the training provider. 

If you have an EHCP, the Local Authority will approach the provider for you. If you do not have an EHCP and want support, speak to your school or college SENCo or Inclusion Lead. 


Traineeships are ideal for young people who are motivated to get a job, but who lack the skills and experience that employers are looking for.

Traineeship programmes are designed to prepare young people, 16 to 24 years old, for their future careers by helping them to become "work ready".

Details of local traineeship providers can be found in the website links section.

You can also use the find a traineeship search tool on GOV.UK.


An apprenticeship is a job with training and a qualification to aim for, you would earn a wage, develop your skills, update your CV and experience, and start on the career ladder.

As the apprenticeship is work based you need to be employed for a minimum of 30 hours per week and have time to study.

Details of local apprenticeship providers and courses can be found in the website links section. You can also use the find an apprenticeship search tool on GOV.UK

Becoming an apprentice information and national help desk contact details

Find out more about apprenticeships here

Study programmes

Study programmes are publicly funded learning programmes for 16 to 19 year olds or in the case of students who have Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs) 19 to 25 year olds.

They are based on a young person's prior attainment and are designed to meet clear, educational a career aspirations.

Supported Internships

Supported Internships are a structured study programme based primarily at an employer. They enable young people aged 16 to 24, with an EHCP, to achieve sustained paid employment.

Supported Internships are unpaid and last a minimum of six months.

Frequently Asked Questions about Supported Internships.

Accesible Guide to Supported Internships.

SWRAC provide local Supported Internship opportunities. Find out more here

In addition to the very successful Classroom in the Heart of Industry (CHI) Programme that is delivered by the Linwood School, we have partnered with Project Search to increase the opportunities for Supported Internships in the local area. 

Learning Support

Learning support is provided to students in college, school or university, who have additional learning needs or special educational needs.

Learning support may mean receiving additional help from a person, using certain types of equipment or having more time to complete work.

The ways in which schools and colleges provide learning support is shown in the Post 16 Graduated Response and Toolkit.