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Apprenticeships, Traineeships & Internships

Apprenticeships, Traineeships & Internships


Here you can find information on the differences between Apprenticeships, Traineeships & Internships. 


All young people should be helped to develop their skills and experience, and achieve the qualifications they need, to succeed in their careers.

The vast majority of young people with SEN are capable of sustainable paid employment with the right preparation and support.

One of the most effective ways to prepare young people with SEN for employment is to arrange work-based learning that enables them to have first-hand experience of work, such as: 



These are paid jobs that incorporate training, leading to nationally recognised qualifications. Apprentices earn as they learn and gain practical skills in the workplace.

Young people with EHC plans can retain their plan when on an apprenticeship. 

You can search for Apprenticeships on the following link: 




These are education and training programmes with work experience, focused on giving young people the skills and experience they need to help them compete for an apprenticeship or other jobs.

They are currently open to young people aged 16 to 24, including those with EHC plans. Young people with EHC plans can retain their plan when undertaking a traineeship. 

You can search for Traineeships on the following link: 



Supported Internships: 

These are structured study programmes for young people with an EHC plan, based primarily at an employer.

Wherever possible, they support the young person to move into paid employment at the end of the programme.

Students complete a personalised study programme which includes the chance to study for relevant substantial qualifications. 

Young people with EHC plans will retain their plan when undertaking a supported internship. 

If you would like to explore opportunities for Supported Internships, please contact your School/College or Social Worker


Local Organisations you can get Information Advice and Support from

Prospects Career Services

Havering Works Employment & Careers Advice