Supported Employment

There are many organisations and training providers across East Sussex that support positive employment pathways for young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. Find out more in the mapping document (last updated September 2020).

If you are leaving college and need more support than on a Traineeship or Apprenticeship, a Supported Employment programme or Supported Internship might be right for you.

You can contact the providers yourself, or contact  Amaze's Looking Forward career programme first.

Supported Employment programmes

If you need to learn work skills before you start looking for work, these programmes may be right for you. When you are ready, you can move on to a Supported Apprenticeship or Supported Internship, or go straight into work.

Team Domenica - Brighton

Little Gate Farm - Hastings area

Supported Internships

Below are a few examples of the variety of employment and study opportunities available for a young person with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) when they leave school at 16, in East Sussex. Hear from Lesley and Alex as we discover the impact and enjoyment gained from completing a supported internship programme, not only on the young person involved, but on the wider family.


If you are ready to find work and have an Education, Health and Care Plan, a Supported Internship may be right for you. You will have time in college, real work placements and a job coach.

Project Search at East Sussex College- Eastbourne

Stepping Stones (year 1) and/or Supported Internship (year 2) at East Sussex College- Hastings

Supported internships at Plumpton College- Plumpton or Netherfield

Team Domenica -Brighton

Employment routes can look different for a variety of young people. In East Sussex, there are multiple educational and training providers working closely with some fantastic employers to create supported employment opportunities for young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Hear from Mark Weeks-Pearson, a Director at Ashdown Hurrey Accountancy Firm, talking about how he and his team champion diversity in the workplace and work closely with local schools and training providers to host work experience placements. Work experience placements can often turn into part time or full time employment which can benefit the life of the young person and the business as a whole.


Supported Employment programmes can range from ‘supported internships’ to ‘inclusive apprenticeships.’ Many of these programmes can take place in a variety of settings such as Further Education Colleges or with local employers and training providers. For the sustainability of employment for young people with SEND these structured study and employment programmes require trained staff and volunteers to work together towards the same goal. In this video you can hear from a job coach at East Sussex College Group, Hastings who supports young people to progress on their multiple programmes, including supported internships. You can also hear about how the General Hospital in Eastbourne District General Hospital works with mentors in various departments to support the Project Search Supported Internship programme and the various interns on rotation at the Hospital.

If you would like to find out more about the Supported Employment model then visit the website of the British Association for Supported Employment.

Supported Apprenticeships

Skills Development and Employment Pathway

If you are over 18 and eligible for adult social care support, you can work towards paid work on the Skills Development and Employment Pathway

Other options 

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Looking for work if you're disabled- Jobcentre Plus.