Places are still available on our Supported Internship starting in September 2021, in partnership with London Borough of Sutton.

Click here for details and how to apply.

Supported Internship/Project Search

What is a Supported Internship?

We run Supported Internships for young people looking to gain the skills to achieve employment.

A Supported Internship will help you to gain employability skills and become more confident when applying for a job. You will receive support from staff, mentors and job coaches.

The courses offer three job rotations in different departments as well as opportunities to gain Employability Skills qualifications.

Who is the programme for?

If you are between 17 and 24 years, have special educational needs or a barrier to learning and require extra support and would like to access further training and employment, then this is a great programme for you.

You will be in a work placement up to five days per week.

What are the entry requirements?

Applicants must have an active EHCP and need to be working at Entry Level 3 (or above, up to Level 2). We would like to meet you for an assessment before you join us on the supported Internship or DFN Project Search.

We want to make sure this is the right programme for you. To apply ask your Local Authority to consult with Orchard Hill College.

About the programme

Orchard Hill College have partnered with London Borough of Sutton, London Borough of Hillingdon and Hillingdon Autistic Care and Support to deliver Supported Internship and Transition to Work programmes. These Practical programmes have been designed to prepare you for the next exciting steps in your life. You will learn skills to start you on your pathway to work. You will be supported to work within different areas of the Council and Orchard Hill College including;

  • Administration
  • Marketing
  • Catering and Hospitality
  • Digital Media Facilities
  • Customer services
  • Library assistant

We will also prepare you for work, supporting you with:

  • CV writing
  • Applying for a job
  • Interview skills
  • Building confidence and self esteem
  • How to communicate in a work situation
  • Working as a group
  • Budgeting

You will work towards achieving an award in:

  • Skills for Employment Entry 3 – Level 1
  • Skills for Employment Entry Level 3/ Level 1
  • Work preparation Level 2 accreditation
  • Functional skills English and maths Entry Level 3 – Level 2 can also be achieved

Here’s how we will achieve it together

You will have a tutor delivering the programme along with a Job Coach to support you with work preparation and employability skills. The Supported Internship takes place in Sutton and the surrounding boroughs. DFN Project Search takes place at the Civic Centre in Uxbridge.


On completion of the programme, you may have opportunities for paid employment and an accreditation in Skills for Employment Entry 3 – Level 1 or Using Employability Skills Entry 3 – Level 1 or Work Preparation Level 2.

Sutton Supported Internship 

This course is in partnership with London Borough of Sutton (LBS) and offers job rotations within the LBS departments and at Orchard Hill College.

Click here to view the course flyer.

To apply please click here to complete an Expression of Interest form.

Hillingdon Supported Internship 

We have partnered with Hillingdon Council and DFN Project SEARCH to host a Transition to Work programme.

During this one year programme, you’ll be based at the Civic Centre in Uxbridge gaining a range of transferable and marketable job skills such as team-working and problem-solving. With 800 hours of structured support from staff, mentors, instructors and coaches, you’ll become more confident when applying for a job. The DFN Project SEARCH programme has seen 60% of graduates securing a paid job (16 hours or more per week).

The programme is in partnership with Hillingdon Autistic Care and Support (HACS), experts in supporting people with learning disabilities and autism.

For more information or to apply, please contact: Stuart Smith, Work Inclusion Partnerships Manager:


Telephone: 01895 277305


Outcomes for learners are outstanding, teaching, learning and assessment are excellent and the extremely diverse programmes that meet learners’ individual needs, interests and aspirations, prepare them very well for life after College.
Ofsted Report

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