Improving Access to Apprenticeships
'Nothing we have ever done has had such an impact.'
'It's such a journey of self-discovery.'
‘For me personally, being a part of this wonderful programme has been a highlight of my career.’
‘I would love to see many more employers discovering the benefits it can bring to them as well.’
These quotes aren’t marketing hyperbole. They are the words of delegates from the world of business at our recent Supportive Employers Inc. conference.
You may be surprised to know that they were talking about supported internships and improving access to apprenticeships for people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). We would like you to have the chance to join us on this exciting journey as we aim to create a new talent pipeline to address skills shortages, to help employees bond, to help organisations be more diverse and have new ways of thinking, and to help them to reach out to a wider range of customers and grow their business.
The government has committed to a 20% increase in the uptake of apprenticeships for people with SEND by 2020. It is ambitious but we believe we can make it work by sharing good practice, removing barriers and encouraging effective working.
We are hosting another conference where we will explore what an ‘Inclusive Apprenticeship’ really means. We will make sure we all understand the appropriate arrangements to ensure fair access to assessment, including ensuring that all special arrangements and considerations are in place, that individual needs have been identified and how to plan for specific materials, access and timing adjustments.
The Department for Work and Pensions will also join us to talk about the funding and support available to help you to make your offer inclusive and sustainable.
We look forward to seeing you there!