Supported Internships

Unity Works delivers Supported Internships in Greenwich and Lambeth. These are a structured, work-based study programme for young people with SEND, who have an education, health and care (EHC) plan.

Our work also focuses on raising the aspirations for young people with a learning disability. Supported Internships offer an alternative to some of the narrow options that currently exist. They are a great opportunity to improve the chances of young people with a learning disability in getting and sustaining paid employment.

What are Supported Internships?

Supported Internships are work-based study programmes for young people aged 16-24 with an Education, Health and Care Plan to gain paid employment but need some additional support. They usually last for a year and allow young people the chance to take part in different placements within a host business.

You can find out more about Supported Internships here: What are Supported Internships? – NDTi

What role does Unity Works play in Supported Internships?

Unity Works provides supported employment through our job coaches who work alongside college tutors to deliver tailored support to empower interns to succeed and develop in their career aspirations.

We use creative and person-centred coaching designed to support each young person to grow and showcase their talents and skills.

This includes working with the host businesses in developing intern work placements that match individual’s skill sets and career objectives, mentoring and coaching interns in learning their assigned job tasks, information and advice on reasonable adjustments and providing advice to managers and workplace mentors.

Get in touch with Helen Smith, Employment Service Manager, to find out more about our supported internship provision at


Where do we run Supported Internships?

In partnership with host businesses, education partners and local authorities, we help deliver supported internship programmes at:

Project Search King’s College Hospital, Denmark Hill

DFN Project Search, Kings College Hospital, Lambeth College, Lambeth Council, Unity Works

Project Search Queen Elizabeth Hospital

DFN Project Search, Lewisham and Greenwich NHS TrustNewhaven College, Royal Borough Greenwich, Unity Works

Project Search Berkeley Homes

DFN Project Search, Royal Arsenal Riverside, Berkeley Homes, Royal Borough Greenwich, Shooters Hill Six Form College, Unity Works

Brighter Futures Supported Internship

Brighter Futures, DFN Project Search, Royal Borough of Greenwich and Unity Works