Supported Internships

Steps towards paid employment

How does it work?

Supported Internships enable young people with learning disabilities, neurodiversity’s and mental health related problems to make the transition into paid employment and enhance key social skills.

Interns spend four days per week with their host employer alongside daily on-site classroom sessions, completing three job rotations for ten weeks throughout the year. Each step towards completing the course prepares interns for future work, at which time Pure will support the interns into paid jobs with their host employer, or identify other opportunities that align to their career pathway.

What do Interns Gain?

Job Coaches support interns throughout the programme to ensure they achieve their ambitions and overcome any barriers they may face. The programme is designed to lift interns confidence, both in work and everyday life. Having a regular routine provides a sense of purpose and belonging. Once complete, interns will be able to showcase:

  • A certified qualification
  • Real work experience for their CV
  • Increased employability skills
  • Clear career pathways

Partnership Work

The programme is a combination of partnership work between a host employer, a college providing tuition and our own specialist Employment Team. The timescale mirrors the academic year and the usual format is three, 10-week work placements. By working in partnership with a wide variety of employers across different industries, interns quickly develop new skills to support their career pathway and with the right attitude, often secure a paid contract.

Stockport Council

Reclaimed Flooring

Avanti West Coast

Internship Sites


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Salford University
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Salford Royal Hospital


intern working in stepping hill hospital
Stepping Hill Hospital
Stockport town hall
Stockport Council


Exterior of university glass building with white, red and black logo on top of entrance
Media City
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Wythenshawe Hospital (MFT)
Manchester Foundation Trust
Manchester Foundation Trust, Oxford Road
Manchester Town Hall
Manchester Council
Manchester Airport
Manchester Airport


Interns start their journey at Trafford Council
Trafford Council
Matthew on his internship at Trafford Hospital
Trafford Hospital (MFT)

Specialist Skills Internships

The interns will have the opportunity to do work placement(s) in their specialist area. The internship is a yearlong program which commences in September and finishes at the end of June and runs 4 days per week Monday to Thursday. Interns work 3 days on placement and attend class session 1 day per week.

From sourcing the work placements to negotiating paid jobs for the interns, the Specialist Skills Internship team are always on hand to provide support and advice to both the interns and employers involved in the programme .

Alex sorts phials of blood in the Pathology lab
Having spent a lot of time in the care of doctors and nurses, I couldn’t think of a more rewarding place to work. My confidence has grown immensely and I’m very positive about my future.
Matt, Intern

Contact Us

If you would like to speak to us about Supported Internships contact our team:

Neil Willows

Internship Manager
T: 07712 390 656 

Email Neil

Stuart Hamilton

Assistant Internship Manager
T: 07596 887 164 

Email Stuart

To apply to The Manchester College:

To apply to Eccles 6th Form College:

To apply to Trafford College:

Supported Internship Stories

Hannah taking a selfie in NHS uniform

Hannah’s Journey with the NHS

Hannah isn’t defined by her Autism and Dyslexia. Yes, it often impacts every day tasks – but her motivation to achieve her ambitions is much, much more apparent. After being introduced to Hannah through The Manchester College, she soon enrolled her onto our Supported Internship programme in 2022, before starting her first placement at Wythenshawe…
Read Story Hannah’s Journey with the NHS