Inclusive apprenticeships

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The government is committed to reaching 3 million new apprenticeship starts by 2020 and halving the disability employment gap.

Although participation rates for disabled apprentices have improved recently and more disabled people are employed than ever before, there is still work to be done in both areas. "Employment rates for people with learning disabilities hover around 6.8% and the lifelong costs of economic activity are considerable."

In May 2016 a taskforce was commissioned by the Minister for Disabled People, Justin Tomlinson MP, and the Minister for Skills, Nick Boles MP, this looked further into how accessible apprenticeships are for those with learning disabilities. The overall aim for this is to allow more people with learning disabilities to benefit from the opportunities available through apprenticeships and work.

To view all changes that were made as a result of the Maynard Review, please click here.

Key Points:

GFT support many apprentices with Special Educational Needs, Learning Difficulties or Disabilities and being able to adjust the minimum requirements for math’s and English and discuss reasonable adjustments with our EPAO has meant that we can now support more young people to access apprenticeships and sustainable employment.

In February 2019, our first apprentice with Special Educational Needs successfully went through gateway and achieved her apprenticeship. iCQ was our preferred End Point Assessment organisation. We valued the support they provided in ensuring that reasonable adjustments were made to the assessment methods.

With invaluable contributions from GFT, as well as the apprentices and employers, the planning process identified that the use of a live video feed was the most appropriate method to conduct observations of two SEND apprentices.  Both apprentices agreed that for them the use of live video would minimise the pressure of assessment.

The technology-supported observations proved to be a success.  Both apprentices met the required Standard for the observation and have now completed all end-point assessment components and achieved their apprenticeships.

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