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RBKC Supported Internship

Do you want to get a job but need support to develop your employability skills and experience of the workplace first?

A photo of some of the participants in the 2019-2020 Supported Internship programme smiling beside an RBKc poster.In September each year, Kensington and Chelsea Council host a Supported Internship programme, in partnership with Ealing Hammersmith and West London College and Action on Disability, where 12 young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) have the opportunity to complete three work rotations with the support of an expert job coach.

Supported Internships are full time education programmes (based 5 days a week in the workplace) for young people who want to get a paid job. Alongside work placements, the interns study English, maths and Level 1 employability qualifications one day a week in the on-site classroom at Kensington Town Hall, High Street Kensington.

Potential work placements in the council include:

  • IT - mobile phone distribution
  • Customer Service - reception
  • Print/postal room
  • Café
  • Business Admin
  • Parks
  • Registrars

With additional external rotations offered at:

  • Nandos - taking orders, seating guests, cleaning
  • The Design Museum - ticketing, customer service


Supported Internships are suited to young people who:

  • are aged 17-24
  • have an EHC Plan
  • have Entry 1-3 – Level 2 English and maths
  • want to get a paid job
  • are able to travel independently (or with travel training)


The aim of the Supported Internship is to develop and strengthen the interns' work skills to be ready for paid work at the end of the 1 year programme (July).

Applications for the Supported Internship 2020-21 Programme will open in January 2020. An Open Day will be held 28th January 2020 10.30am - 12.30pm at Kensington Town Hall. A Skills/Recruitment Day and final group selection will take place in March 2020.


To learn more about Supported Internships and recruitment for September 2020 – July 2021 programmes, please contact Rachel Edwards Bi-borough SEND Employment Pathways Coordinator T: 07739 315 424 E:

For information about Supported Internship programmes across West London, please see the West London Alliance Supported Internship Guide

Last Updated 09/12/2019

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