Apprenticeship solutions that work for everyone
By Matt Reed, Director of Employer Services
At Remploy, we value apprenticeships as an excellent tool to recruit and develop talent into our organisation. If you are not already taking advantage then you are missing out on a huge opportunity.
We also recognise that despite recent improvements there is still a lack of disabled people and those with health conditions taking part in apprenticeships. At present, just nine per cent of apprentices have a disability, while 19 per cent of working age people in the UK have a disability*, meaning that disabled people remain significantly under-represented at apprenticeship level. The attainment levels for disabled apprentices are, in the main, significantly lower than for those without. Because of this, apprentices may not be getting the support they need, and your business could be missing out on a fantastic pool of talent.
Through our partnership with MAXIMUS Training we hope to change that with a new and innovative approach to delivering high quality, flexible apprenticeships for everyone. Our expertise and experience in delivering workplace adjustments has enabled us to create a simple assessment tool to identify potential, and often hidden barriers to success as part of the MAXIMUS Training apprenticeship onboarding process. Where potential barriers are identified our expert consultants will create an individualised support plan to not only suggest suitable adjustments, and signpost to existing support services, but also help access funding available to support those apprentices who may require additional learning support.
Rob Spread, Head of MAXIMUS Training explained:
We recognise the impact that poor mental health can have on an apprentice, and the value of personal resilience, both at work and in an learning environment. We are taking a bold approach, putting wellbeing, health and disability at the heart of our apprenticeship offer, providing expert training to apprentice coaches on disability, and tracking learners’ physical and emotional health to identify if any additional support is required. When you couple that with high quality, flexible delivery this is a huge opportunity to make a real difference to our existing and new employer partners.”
Emma Shipstone, Head of Skills and Apprenticeships for MAXIMUS Training is excited too:
The solutions we have designed with our partners will ensure that employers and apprentices alike are able to take full advantage of the opportunities they have at their fingertips. We know that apprenticeships work and feel that our approach will support achievement for all.”
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About Matt Reed
I have been with Remploy for six years. Our Employer Services team focus on helping employers to build disability confidence, and create the kind of environments that enable all people to achieve their potential.
* RIDI and the Disabled Living Foundation, 2018