Supported Internship

What is the Supported Internship?

The Supported Internship is an employment-based course, giving young people with learning difficulties or additional needs the opportunity to develop employability skills.

The Internship begins in September and runs over the academic year. Interns will spend 4 days in work placement at Active Tameside facilities, trying 3 different job roles, including: Leisure Assistant, Pool Attendant, working in the gym, maintenance, catering and working in the arena at Sky High Adventure.

The interns will also spend half a day at Tameside College, learning functional skills. Every intern also has the opportunity to gain Employability Skills City and Guilds Level 1-3 and Functional Skills, Maths and English level 1-3 qualifications. Each intern is also given access to Active Tameside’s gym facilities and community activities.

The government’s most recent Adult Social Care Outcomes Framework found that the national average of people with learning difficulties in paid employment was 6%. In the North West that was 4.2% and in 3.06% in Tameside.

Since the introduction of the Supported Internship at Active Tameside, which has helped 13 additional young people into paid employment, the Tameside figure has more than doubled to 6.68%, sitting just above the national average.

The Internship at Active Tameside is run in partnership with Jigsaw Homes, Tameside College, Tameside Hospital and Tameside Council.

Supported Internship 2019-20

  • The Supported Internship is open to young people with learning difficulties or additional needs.
  • The benefits of taking part in the Supported Internship include: increasing your employability skills, learning new life skills, growing your friendship circles, gaining qualifications and improving your health and wellbeing.
  • To apply, register your interest by emailing: or calling: 07833 468 205.
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