Pre Supported Internship Programme (Pre-SIP)





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About the course

Are you thinking about paid work in the future, but feel you’re not quite ready to take that step yet? Or perhaps you are planning to move to supported living in a year or so? Pre-Supported Internship is a one year full time course (3 days per week) including work experience, which will prepare you for a Supported Internship route into paid work, or for independent living. You will be based at either Ashley Down Centre or South Bristol Skills Academy.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements. All you need to do is have an interview to make sure that the course is right for you and that your support needs can be met before being offered a place. Students must be:

  • Keen to progress into work
  • Willing to accept new challenges
  • Have already shown a commitment to excellent attendance and timekeeping
What will I do on this course?

The topics you will cover include:

  • Social skills and personal presentation for the workplace
  • Travel training and personal safety
  • Careers and job information, and vocational profiling
  • Work tasters in a range of vocational areas, including catering, retail and administration, floristry and horticulture
  • An individual work placement
  • Volunteering and team enterprise projects
  • Communication and IT skills for work
  • Money, time and number skills for work
  • You will work towards individual outcomes agreed in your Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP). Your personal tutor will work closely with you to plan individual learning targets.
Who is it for?
  •          Pre-Supported Internship Programme is a full time course (3 days) for young adults (16-24) with learning difficulties, who:
  •         Are ready to concentrate on gaining the skills needed for work
  •         Want to try paid or voluntary work
  •         Want to learn to travel independently
  •         Are keen to go out into the community
  •         Are willing to try new experiences
  •         Have carers, keyworkers or families who support these aims
How to apply

For further information:

Call: Chris Cook 0117 312 2076


How Is this course assessed?

You will have an individual learning plan, and your practical work and class work will be informally assessed throughout the year. You will be working towards a City and Guilds Award in Skills for Working Life at entry level, and City and Guilds Maths and English awards where appropriate.

What could I do next?

You may go on to:

  •         A Supported Internship (a year of work-based learning, leading to paid work)
  •         Paid or voluntary work.
  •         Other training opportunities
Additional cost

At the beginning of the course you will be asked to pay for:

Educational visits



You will need an interview for this course

You need to have an Education Health & Care Plan (EHCP) saying what outcomes you are working towards and what support you will need at college to achieve your goals.



How old will you be when the course starts?

16-18 19+
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