Apprenticeships for all
By Matt Reed, Director of employer services
At Remploy we value apprenticeships as an excellent tool to recruit and develop fresh new talent into our organisation. If you are not already taking advantage then you are missing out on a huge opportunity.
Despite recent improvements there is still a lack of people with disabilities and 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. Businesses are missing out on a large pool of talent.
Through our partnership with MAXIMUS Training we hope to change that with a new and innovative approach to delivering apprenticeships for all. 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.
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