The report explores the experiences of young disabled people who are using, or have used, apprenticeship schemes into employment. It shares what works well:
If you want to attract, support, and keep Disabled apprentices, here’s some of the things you can do.
- Develop and change your curriculum to make it easier for Disabled apprentices to get the training they need
- Create networking opportunities for apprentices so they gain insight into other jobs and different departments
- Allocate a ‘go to’ person for the entire apprenticeship journey so individuals know who to approach for support and have someone they can confide in
- Ensure staff understand the principles and requirements of reasonable adjustments under the Equality Act (2010)
- Ensure training schedules are clear and whether learning and training sessions are online or face to face
- Familiarise yourselves with the additional learning support funding available for apprentices with learning
difficulties or disabilities.
- Have a mentor or dedicated support person for apprentices, particularly at the start of an apprenticeship
- Offer flexible work arrangements tailored to individual needs, including part-time apprenticeships
- Be prepared to support Disabled apprentices with applications to the Access to Work scheme
- Have a streamlined process to put reasonable adjustments in place quickly, so Disabled apprentices can focus on getting on with the job
- Promote a culture where apprentices feel safe to talk about their disability and support needs, including conversations about mental health
- Make yourselves available for work experience placements to give Disabled young people an insight into
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