Supported Internships

Supported Internships enable young people with a learning disability or autism to progress into sustainable paid employment.

A Supported Intern discusses his work placement with a Pure Employment Officer

Supported Internships are employment-based courses for young people with Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND). They offer opportunities to develop genuine employability skills and experience. Based in real work places they involve working alongside other working people. This enhances teamwork and social skills.

Supported Internship Benefits

Our Supported Internships prepare you for employment and help you gain independence. For example, you will acquire practical experience in real jobs, supported by a job coach or mentor. This looks great on a CV especially when backed by references. You can also receive Independent Travel Training before the course starts if this is required.  Supported by a dedicated trainer, you will learn to travel to and from work on public transport on your own.

Many interns impress so much on their work placements the placement becomes a paid job!

Here's what our supported internships programme is all about!


Pure Innovations Supported Internships are a partnership between a host employer, e.g. a hospital or council; a college providing tuition and our own specialist employment team.

Each Intern receives a support plan tailored to their needs. Their skills are matched to job roles within the employer’s organisation, e.g. clerical, catering or portering. The timescale mirrors the academic year and the usual format is three 10-week work placements.

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 on a hospital-based Pure Innovations Supported Internship.

We provide dedicated job coaching plus continuous support and monitoring to both interns and employers.

Our Supported Internships are currently running in sites in Manchester, Salford, Trafford, Stockport and Bury.

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You can hear  more about our Supported Internships and how they work in two editions of the excellent Expanding Worlds Podcast series.

Both are interviews with our Assistant Internship Contracts Manager, Neil Willows. In the first – Carving Job Opportunities at Pure Innovations – Neil explains how Internships work. In the second – Pure Innovations: Looking at What We Can Do Differently – he  talks about the impact of the global pandemic.  It ahs of course been very difficult but insome instances has led to new job roles coming into being.  Do have a listen to these informative  podcasts.

Contact Us

If you think a Supported Internship could be right for you or someone you know – contact us!

We would also love to hear from any employer interested in offering a work placement to an intern. This differs from being a host employer. (We would love to hear from you too!) Many employers have found able and dedicated members of staff this way. Take a look at Harwich Farrelly, a progressive employer that now employs five former interns. Do contact us for a chat about how the process works.