Post 16 work based learning

If you are over 18 you may prefer to find a job. If you are under 18 you can also get a job but you will need to do some learning alongside this – either as an apprenticeship or training linked to the work you are doing. 

Supported internships

Supported internships are structured study programmes based primarily at an employer.

They are primarily focused on young people with SEND aged between 16 and 24 who have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and are designed to help you to achieve paid employment by equipping you with the skills you need for work through learning in the workplace.

Learn more about supported internships.


To start or change your career you usually need a combination of experience and qualifications. An apprenticeship is a good way to combine on the job training with studying, usually for one day a week, towards a formal, nationally recognised qualification at the end of your apprenticeship. 

Apprenticeships are available from a number of organisations in Bromley which includes London South East Colleges Bromley.  You can talk with your careers advisor who will be able to let you know about other providers that offer apprenticeships.

For more information about apprenticeships, you can visit: or browse the National Careers Service apprenticeship pages.

The governments Access to Work scheme can be used to provide additional support/equipment, including a job coach and/or the extra costs of transport if it is not possible to use public transport. Access to Work can help you get or stay in work if you have a physical or mental health condition or disability. The support you get will depend on your needs.

Supported apprenticeships

Supported apprenticeships enable young people aged 16-24 with an Education, Health and Care plan to achieve paid employment by equipping them with the skills they need for work through learning in the workplace.

While some organisations use the term supported apprenticeship, it is important to know that while on a supported apprenticeship you will be using the same apprenticeship frameworks and standards as all other apprentices. The only difference is that training organisations may be able to get extra funding to support someone with additional needs, and they may also be able to offer more flexibility with regards to the English and maths requirements of the apprenticeship to help the person complete their apprenticeship.

The Department for Education has made changes to Maths and English requirements for apprentices who have SEND .This allows the apprentice to use an Entry Level 3 qualification in English or Maths as an alternative to GCSE’s.

Traineeship (pre-apprenticeship)

A traineeship or pre-apprenticeship is an education and training programme with work experience that prepares a young person for their future career by helping them to become ‘work ready’. Designed to help young people aged 16 to 24 who don’t yet have the appropriate skills or experience, traineeships provide the essential work preparation training, English, maths and work experience needed to secure an apprenticeship or employment.

Traineeships are suitable for young people who are working at around Level 1 and who might benefit from additional support to prepare them for work.

A traineeship can last from six weeks to six months and can be an ideal stepping stone to an apprenticeship and work. The work experience placement is not paid, but the costs of travel and lunch might be supported by the training provider or employer or by the 16 – 19 bursary fund. 

You can search the governments traineeship programme

For more information visit our starting work traineeships page or visit the government traineeship programme.

See also

Amazing Apprenticeships

The apprenticeship guide

A parent’s guide to apprenticeships

Ambitious about Autism toolkit for young people

Apprenticeships for young people with SEND