Supported Internships in Manchester

Supported Internships

Supported internships are a partnership between employers, colleges, supported employment providers and Manchester City Council. They are the best route into employment for young disabled people as they allow young people to learn skills in real work environments with the support of tutors and job coaches. 

Supported internships are a structured study programme based primarily at an employer. They enable young people aged 16-24 with an Education, Health and Care plan to achieve sustainable paid employment by equipping them with the skills they need for work, through learning in the workplace.

Supported internships are unpaid and last for a minimum of six months. Wherever possible, they support the young person to move into paid employment at the end of the programme. Alongside their time at the employer, young people complete a personalised study programme which includes the chance to study for relevant substantial qualifications and if appropriate, English and maths.

The Manchester College and Pure Innovations support the largest number of interns working in:

  • Manchester City Council
  • Manchester Foundation Trust
  • Manchester Airport
  • Media City

Loreto and Bridge College also run supported internship programmes.


Contact details:

The Manchester College
Telephone: 03333 222 444
Link to The Manchester College supported internship webpage:


Pure Innovations
Telephone: 0161 804 4400
Link to Pure Innovations website - supported internship webpage:


Loreto College
Telephone: 0161 226 5156
Link to Loreto College website - Pathways Course and Supported Internships:


Bridge College
Telephone: 0161 487 4293
Link to Bridge College website - supported internships:


Age Ranges
16 to 24 years

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