STEPS 5 – Supported Internship

The STEPS 5 Supported Internship is a one year study programme based primarily at an employer for students aged 16-24 with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) who have a real commitment to achieve their employment goals. Programmes aim to equip students with the skills and confidence required to reach their own goals for learning, life and work, through learning in the workplace. As part of a Supported Internship students are also required to attend college for one-two days per week to develop other valuable skills, such as English and maths.

Applications for full-time courses have now closed.

If you have not yet made an application to study at Colchester Institute then you will need to book onto an Advice Session where you can speak to a course tutor post-results day.

Whilst we cannot guarantee that a place will be available on your preferred choice at this late stage in the application cycle, we will help to get you sorted for September.

Advice sessions are by appointment only and will be available to book from 10am on Thursday 12th August. As soon as bookings have opened, you will be able to use the appointment calendar to book an advice session. Information about our advice sessions and how to book can be accessed here:

Advice Session Information

Course Content

Throughout the programme students benefit from the support of an experienced Job Coach, specialising in helping those with learning difficulties and/or disabilities to undertake work placements with an employer.

Key curriculum components of the STEPS 5 Supported Internship include:

  • supporting students to identify realistic goals for employment
  • providing tailored support including job coaching in the workplace
  • providing CV writing support
  • developing interview and personal presentation skills
  • developing customer service skills
  • supporting students to achieve increased levels of social and academic confidence
  • promoting students to take responsibility for their own learning and self-development
Entry Requirements

There is a funding requirement for students to have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP). Course offer is also subject to a successful interview and initial assessment. In addition, students need to show a commitment and willingness to work towards agreed goals, and participate in all of the course activities.

What Can I Do Next?

The intended progression route for students enrolled onto a Supported Internship is paid employment.

How to make an Application – Watch our video guide!

We have also prepared a step-by-step video guide – please view this video which will guide you through the application process.

STEPS 5 – Supported Internship
LevelLevel 1
DurationOne Year
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusColchester Campus
Start DateSeptember 2021 - Applications open on 1st October 2020
Fee(s)16-18 year olds: Free
19+: Variable


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