6:55 am, Monday, 27th March 2023

National Supported Internship Day #NSID2023

Monday 27 March 2023 is National Supported Internship Day.

The solution to many problems faced by young people with a learning disability, autistic young people, or both is straightforward: competitive employment.

Yet only 4.8% of people in England (and 4.1% of people in Scotland) with a learning disability and/or who are autistic and are known to local authorities go on to secure paid employment, compared to 80% of their peers.

We need to work together to change that.

One of the Internships Work delivery partners, DFN Project SEARCH, successfully campaigned for an annual National Supported Internship Day. This day is an opportunity to raise awareness of the huge impact that a supported internship can have, not only on the life outcomes of the interns who take part, but on the host organisation and wider society too.

In 2022, the National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi), British Association of Supported Employment (BASE) and DFN Project SEARCH were awarded a government contract from the Department for Education to deliver Internships Work. This programme aims to double the number of supported internships to 4,500 per year in England by March 2025.

Find local opportunities at NELC SEND Local Offer | Transition to adult life (nelincs.gov.uk).

Follow the campaign on social media:

  • #NSID2023
  • #NationalSupportedInternshipDay
  • #InternshipsWork