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Supported internships, traineeships and apprenticeships

Find out about supported internships, traineeships and apprenticeships.

Supported internships

A supported internship can help you to develop your skills and experience in an employment environment, with the offer of tailored support. This course aims to help young people move into sustainable, paid employment. Running across a full academic year, learners will take part in a personalised study programme during their time with the employer, with the option to gain relevant qualifications including English and maths. No formal qualifications are required.

Supported internships are available for young people with an Education Health and Care Plan up to age 25.


If you feel that you are not ready yet for an apprenticeship or work, then a traineeship may be for you. A traineeship is a course with work experience that prepares you for work or an apprenticeship. It can last up to six months.

You can apply if you are:

  • eligible to work in England
  • unemployed and have little or no work experience
  • aged 16 to 24 and not qualified up to Level 3

You will get a work experience placement and help with help with English, maths and ICT (if you need it).

You won't be paid, but you may be given expenses for things like travel and meals.

If you want to find out more, contact us.


With an Adult Learning and Skills Service apprenticeship you can get hands on experience in a job earning a wage. You will work towards a range of accredited qualifications alongside your employment - there are no tuition fees and it can be a faster route to becoming qualified compared to going to university.

Apprenticeships are for anyone - they are not just for school leavers. If you are currently in employment and you want to learn more skills to improve your promotion prospects, your employer could put you on an apprenticeship. You continue on the same salary, but you gain access to training and qualifications to help you and your business grow.

Five reasons to start an apprenticeship

  1. You learn while you earn.
  2. Receive training at no cost to you - this will be both 'on-the job' as well as 'off-the-job' to support you to achieve your apprenticeship.
  3. Get a professional qualification which will improve your CV.
  4. You can study a Higher Apprentice (equivalent to a degree) without going to university.
  5. You won't have to pay university fees.

Apprenticeships we offer

  • Business Administration
  • Customer Service
  • Health and Social Care
  • Management
  • Support Teaching and Learning in Schools
  • Team Leading

If you like the sound of an apprenticeship and want to find out more, contact us.

Contact us
Adult Learning and Skills Service
03000 266 115
Our address is:
  • Durham County Council
  • Crook Council Offices
  • Crook
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DL15 9ES