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Westminster City Council Supported Internship

Do you want to get a job but need support to develop your employability skills and experience of the workplace first?

In September each year, Westminster City Council host a Supported Internship programme, in partnership with City of Westminster College and Westminster Employment, where 12 young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) have the opportunity to complete three work rotations with the support of an expert job coach.

Supported Internships are full time education programmes (based 5 days a week in the workplace) for young people who want to get a paid job. Alongside work placements, the interns study English, maths and Level 1 employability qualifications one day a week in the on-site classroom at Westminster City Hall, Victoria.

A photo of the entrance to Westminster City HallPotential work placements in the council include:

  • IT Records Management
  • Facilities - meeting room set-up
  • Reception
  • Libraries
  • Café
  • Business Admin
  • Parks
  • Sports & Leisure

With additional external rotations offered at:

  • Planet Organic - retail, tills, online shopping orders, kitchen, deliveries
  • GEM Building Services - deliveries
  • Natural History Museum - garden
  • Everyone Active - sports


Supported Internships are suited to young people who:

  • are aged 17-24
  • have an EHC Plan
  • Entry 1-3 – Level 1 English and maths
  • want to get a paid job
  • are able to travel independently (or with travel training)


The aim of the Supported Internship is to develop and strengthen the interns' work skills to be ready for paid work at the end of the 1 year programme (July).

Applications for the Supported Internship 2020-21 Programme will open in January 2020. An Open Day will be held 4th February 10.30am - 12.30pm at Westminster City Hall, Victoria. A Skills / Recruitment Day and final group selection will take place March 2020.


To learn more about Supported Internships and recruitment for September 2020 – July 2021 programmes, please contact Rachel Edwards Bi-borough SEND Employment Pathways Coordinator T: 07739 315 424 E:

For information about Supported Internship programmes across West London, please see the West London Alliance Supported Internship Guide

Last Updated 09/12/2019

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