Mencap Training Academy

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Mencap Training Academy is a specialist post 16 provider delivering supported internships . Mencap’s supported internship programme delivers education and training to 16–24-year-olds with a learning disability who have an education, health and care plan. 

Our vision is to effectively support more people with a learning disability to move into paid work.

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Who can do a supported internship?

To join a supported internship you need to:

  • be aged 16 to 24
  • have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)
  • want to find a job.

There are no qualification requirements. 

What does a supported internship involve?

With a Mencap supported internship you will get to do work experience and complete classroom learning about the world of work and skills for the workplace. We also provide additional support for those who need it.

Work experience

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Most of the programme is work-based and you will be required to complete at least 420 hours of work experience.

We will find work experience placements for you that match your skills and interests and a Mencap skills coach will support you in the workplace, helping you to learn tasks and to get the most from your placement.

Visit our 'Who we work with' page to learn more about employers we work with and who offer work experience to learners on our supported internships. 

Classroom learning

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Our tutors run sessions to develop your understanding of the world of work. You will attend sessions 2 days a week between September and December and then for 1 day a week from January until the end of the academic year in July. You will learn about how to find and apply for jobs, and about the skills and behaviours you will need to succeed in the workplace.

We will also help you work toward English and maths qualifications if this is needed.



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Additional support

We also provide extra support to learners who need it like travel training.

We can arrange enrichment activities like trips to museums and local heritage sites that support learning and develop your confidence and independence

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Where can I find a supported internship?

Locations where we deliver the classroom learning elements of our supported internships programme are below.

You can contact the team most local to you using the contacts below to learn more about the programme and how to enrol, or you can start the enrolment process by completing an expression of interest form.

Unable to find a supported internship near you?

Work experience can potentially be arranged with employers closer to learners' homes.

We may be able to take learners from other, nearby local authority areas.

Pre-internship study programmes

For young people who want to find a job but do not yet feel ready to complete as much as 420 hours of work experience in a year, there is also the option to take our pre-internship study programme. Like the supported internship, this is a 1-year programme running from September to July. But, on the pre-internship learners complete more classroom activities (around 4 days a week) with more limited work experience and employer engagement. The aim is for learners on these programmes to develop their skills and confidence so that they are ready to progress on to the supported internship programme the following year. 

Our pre-internship study programme is currently available in Northamptonshire, Staffordshire, central, north west and south west London. Contact your local programme coordinator to find out more. 

Who do I contact about a supported internship?

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Please contact your nearest programme coordinator to find out more about programmes in your area and to discuss the enrolment process. Teams at each location aim to respond to all queries within 48 hours*. Alternatively, you can start the enrolment process by completing our online referral form.

If you do not receive a response within 48 hours, then please email either:

Joyce Tainton (Programme Manager for Northampton and Midlands)

or Hiba Momen (Programme Manager for London)

If you would like to compliment Mencap on our work, or to send us feedback about our supported internships, we'd love to hear from you. Please complete our compliments and complaints form

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