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Category: Physical Disability
Persons with disabilities should never feel a particular industry “isn’t for them.” There are a wide range of actions employers can take to start this change from the ground up. The Government has set apprenticeship recruitment targets as one such way to improve workforce diversity. The target is to recruit three million apprentices with disabilities by 2020.
This flexibility and transparency have opened up apprenticeships to a wider range of people, including those with multiple disabilities, health conditions or learning difficulties. Employers understand that it’s important to give everyone a fair and equal chance and choose from a wider pool of talent.
Apprenticeships for persons with disabilities
This new and growing understanding means almost all apprenticeships can be made accessible. And changes to the scheme to make it disability-friendly have helped. This has included waiving the need for GCSEs for applicants with learning difficulties. And recognizing British Sign Language as the equivalent of a functional skill in English.
This means that apprenticeships are an increasingly attractive way to enter the workforce. An apprenticeship is open to anyone 16 and over and provides practical training in a real job at the same time as studying.
Meanwhile, the Government is also continuing to explore how it can support employers to increase access to work for people with a disability. Other projects include:
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