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Catering for students aged 4 to 19 with special educational needs and disabilities, their four campuses – Meridian, Haselbury, Learning for Life and Horizon – equip children with a ‘suitcase’ of skills to help them flourish.

Their Supported Internship is a one year full time study programme for 16 - 24 year olds who have a Statement for Special Educational Needs or an Education and Health Care Plan. It includes an extended work placement with a local employer and provides access to a job for young people who want to work, but need a little extra support to do so.

Rapport is a proud supporter of this programme.

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Why not visit our news section to read about Sam's journey as an intern with us at Rapport!

About the Supported Internship Programme

The Supported Internships offer free recruitment, training and job matching services for local employers wishing to plug the skills gap and reduce staff turnover.

West Lea work with local young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities who are highly motivated to work and just need a little extra support to do so.

They provide support and training for both the Intern and your staff to ensure success from the first day of the placement up to subsequent paid employment.


  • Diversifying your workforce and better reflecting customers and clients

  • Increasing retention, productivity and reducing staff turnover. (People with a learning disability stay in their job 3.5 times longer than non-disabled co-workers)

  • In-work training and CPD for staff.

  • Building capacity and accessing a pool of hidden talent – our interns are enthusiastic, reliable and highly motivated.

  • Demonstrating a commitment to offering equal opportunities and enhancing your reputation in the local community

  • Meeting Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Value requirements

  • Accessing professional recruitment channels and specialist job matching services.

  • Funding from ‘Access to Work’ and other welfare to work initiatives which we will help you to secure.

  • Free Health and Safety Audit.

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