Ensuring Apprenticeships are accessible

6 June, 2024

An apprenticeship is a real job with training. Apprentices earn while they learn, gaining valuable skills and knowledge of a specific job role whilst achieving the required components of their apprenticeship. Apprenticeships are for everyone who is aged 16 or over, entitled to live in England and are no longer in full time education.

Learners who are disabled, or have a disability, learning difference, or long term health condition may be able to access additional support in order to enable equitable access to education and employment in healthcare.

As an employer, you will already be aware of the Equality Act 2010 and as part of that act, an organisation is required to make reasonable adjustments for people with disabilities or long-term health conditions, starting at the recruitment process through to the workplace environment.

Our Disability at Work section, has resources for employers on how to support their staff in the workplace.

You can also visit the NHS Employers site to access the NHS equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) improvement plan as well as the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Group (EDIG)’s guidance “Building disability inclusive workplaces”.

NHS England has funded access to the Empowerment Passport for Learners. (Please note that providers/employers that are interested would need to look at a corporate licence.)

The Diversity and Disability Toolkit goes through the process of applying for and accessing additional support, showing what to do and when. This Toolkit is useful for Health Professionals and learners.

You can also access gov.uk’s Apprentice Support Centre:  Support for Apprentices with a Learning Difficulty or Disability 

Visit our Disability at Work section to access further resources.