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Apprenticeships Information


Apprenticeships are a type of work-based learning. Apprenticeships are real jobs with training so you can earn while you learn and pick up recognised qualifications as you go. Anyone living in England over the age of 16 and not in full-time education can apply.

Hounslow Apprenticeships page has lots of information about apprenticeships. You can find specific information relating to young people with SEND and apprenticeships in this section.

More information can be found at The Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/

Students with Education Health and Care Plans (EHCPs)

Small employers (50 employees or less) receive a £1,000 p.a. incentive for recruiting someone with an EHCP.

All employers receive free training when they recruit someone with an EHCP.

The EHCP names only the EDUCATION provider in Part I. The EHCP can help to fund learning support for 20% of time (1 day per week approx.) when students are learning or studying.

Students work on the employers’ premises for 80% of the time (4 days per week approx.)

Support such as job coach would be funded by Access to Work – a scheme run by the DWP (Department for Work and Pensions). When you apply for Access to Work it is good idea to add a heading of ‘Apprenticeship’ or ‘Supported Internship’, as applicable.

It is important to emphasise that your EHCP does not fund in-work support and that your needs are not care needs but work-based needs.

The Autism Project - Employment

Name: The Autism Project

Service Provider: CareTrade- The Autism Project

Type of Service: Education, Health and Well Being, Care, Transport, Growing Up, Employment, Housing, Leisure, Training, Information, Advice and Support

Age range: 18-25 year olds

Ofsted Report: Rating- Good https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/provider/39/143526

The Service:

The Autism Project is a full-time 2-year supported employment programme for young autistic people who would like to work but feel they need more confidence and experience. Learners attend work experience placements in real working environments such as hospitals, hotels, shops and administrative offices.

TAP staff use person-centred planning and our aim is to support learners reach their individual goals as defined in their Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP). Throughout the course, there is a high level of 1:1 support and learners have access to weekly SaLT and tutorial sessions (PSHE) if needed. Learners also have individual targets set to improve their communication, confidence, and work skills, appropriate support is put in place to achieve these.

In the 2nd year learners are supported to develop their interview and job searching skills in weekly careers sessions. Once ready they will begin job searching (supported by TAP staff) and hopefully gain paid employment, a paid apprenticeship or further vocational training of their choice.

In addition, The Autism Project supports young people to improve their independent travel skills, become involved in their community and take steps to stay healthy through enrichment activities and social groups that run across all CareTrade services.

Who is the service for? Young autistic adults, living in London (or be able to travel into central London).

Criteria for access to service: A diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder/Condition, aged 18-25, wants to work. Has or is in the process of being assessed for an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP).

How are decisions made to access the service: The Autism Project has an admissions policy and criteria which is strictly adhered to and is available on request.

Qualifications and Training provided: City & Guilds Qualifications (Entry 2 to Level 2) in Functional Skills (English & Maths) if needed, SkillUp sessions (skills for work), intensive supported work experience, mock interviews and job searching, a 121 independent careers advice and guidance session.

Accessibility of this service: Learners (and their parents/carers) are responsible for ensuring learners are able to get to and from work placements and home. We have job coaches and workplace mentors (who receive support plans and training on how to support our learners) who will assist learners with any daily needs or difficulties they may face in their work placements. Individuals also need to be responsible for their own personal care.

How can I access this service? We accept consultations from Local Authorities and will support young people and families to apply if they contact us on our website or email admissions@caretradeuk.org

All learners are required to have an EHCP in place prior to starting. Any additional support needs should be discussed when applying to ensure the correct support is in place prior to starting.

How is this service funded? A young person’s place is funded by their Local Authority. This usually requires an EHCP to be in place or for an assessment to be in progress.

Confidentiality and Impartiality: The service is confidential, and you will be asked for permission for us to speak with professionals on your behalf. We have a duty to report safeguarding issues.

Contact us:

Email: admissions@caretradeuk.org TAP@caretradeuk.org

Website: http://www.care-trade.org/

Twitter: @CareTradeUK

Instagram: caretrade.uk

Information on other projects at CareTrade

Weekend Café and Working Kitchen Traineeship is an opportunity to obtain work experience and prepare them for future employment. It also teaches trainees cooking skills, how to prepare food, following recipes, food safety and hygiene and provides opportunities for socialising and teamwork.

NEXT Programme is running from May 2023 to July 2023. It is for Neurodiverse individuals 25 years old and over in the London area. We can also offer places to anyone under 25 without an EHCP. The programme is tailored to provide personal career profiles, insight days, interview skills and job fair visits. We aim to offer an opportunity for individuals to explore and gain experience in various jobs and work placements.

In work support: We offer job coach support, training and consultancy in the workplace for employees and employers.

CareTrade provides in work support, which is funded by employers or through the government Access to Work scheme, please follow this link for more information about Access to Work funding https://www.gov.uk/access-to-work

For more information, please contact us at info@caretradeuk.org

Entry Criteria

The lowest level is Intermediate or Level 2 (GSCE equivalent). Some employers require a GCSE grade 4 in English and Maths or before you apply but others have no specific entry criteria or require a lower level of attainment. If you do not already have grade 4s, you will be supported to study functional English and Maths during your apprenticeship. Most last for 1 year.

The next level up is an Advanced Apprenticeship which is at Level 3 (A’ Level equivalent) for which you need to have completed an Intermediate Apprenticeship at Level 2 or 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above. These normally last for 18 months to 2 years.
Above this, there are higher and advanced degree-level apprenticeships but your EHCP ceases above Level 3.

Reasonable Adjustments and Access to Work Rights

Students with a disability can request reasonable adjustments during or before the application process (this would normally apply to anyone with an EHCP).

Applications often begin online, the easiest way is through the Find an Apprenticeship GOV website www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk.

You are encouraged to declare your disability and make any specific requests such as:

  • Large print materials
  • Audio description or audio communications
  • Ask Access to Work to fund a BSL signer for your interviews
  • Ask for communication to be visual rather than spoken, if possible
  • Ask for people to allow extra time for you to respond
  • Have your interview in an accessible location if you have a wheelchair
  • Skip the video interview if seeing yourself and having a time-limit causes anxiety e.g. for someone with autism
  • Avoid a phone interview and request face to face instead
  • Be given longer to complete any tests online or at an assessment day
  • Some employers will offer a trial shift instead of their normal recruitment process
  • Any other reasonable request to allow you to demonstrate your suitability for the job
  • Allow a carer on site with you to support physical or medical needs
  • Use specialist software whilst doing your interview or work

Who are the Education Providers who can be named in Part I of an EHCP?

On the Find an Apprenticeship GOV website, on each apprenticeship vacancy page there is an employer and an education provider (at the bottom of the page). In large companies, this can be the same organisation but normally they are different.

All employers are required to offer reasonable adjustments for disabled applicants and should be willing to consider applicants with an EHCP, so you do not need to select only those who are registered Disability Confident.

You can scroll through apprenticeship vacancies on this website or use other sites such as

NGTU - Not Going to Uni www.notgoingtouni.co.uk/ or The Apprenticeship Guide www.apprenticeshipguide.co.uk/. The National Careers Website is also useful.

Most Colleges of Further Education deliver apprenticeship programmes and can help to find you an Employer. They offer to recruit and train Apprentices for local business, so you can visit their websites and look at what they have to offer.

Adult Education Providers also offer Apprenticeships.

You can also go straight to the websites of large employers who are likely to have apprenticeship openings and looking in their job pages e.g. Local Councils, Boots, TfL, GSK, Unilever, British Airways, Financial Services Companies and Banks, Estate Agent Chains and so on.

The other route to finding an Apprenticeship is approaching training providers directly who specialise in delivering the training or education part of an apprenticeship, these are called an Apprenticeship Frameworks. www.GOV.UK has a list you can download in an Excel format.

West London Providers (A to K)

Arch Apprenticeships / Avado

1 Hammersmith Broadway, London W6 7AW, 07815 706507, info@avadolearning.com
  • IT,
  • HR,
  • Finance,
  • Marketing,
  • Data
  • Babington Business College
  • Head Office, Babington House, Mallard Way, Pullman Business Park, Pride Park, Derby DE24 8GX, 01332 345450 sandeep.kaur@babington.co.uk
  • Accounting
  • Digital
  • Property
  • Business Administration
BMF Apprenticeships Plus
Builders Merchant Federation, 2nd floor. 297 Euston Road, London, NW1 3AD, 0333 305 7657, bmfapprenticeshipsplus@bmf.org.uk
  • Building and Construction
BPP House, Aldine Place, 142-144 Uxbridge Road, London W12 8AA, For more information or to apply phone 03300 296 847 www.bpp.com/apprenticeships
  • Law, Accountancy,
  • HR (Level 3)
EDA Apprenticeships
Electrical Distributors' Association, Rotherwick House, 3 Thomas More Street, St Katharine's and Wapping, London, E1W 1YZ, 020 3141 7350, training@eda.org.uk
  • Electrical
Gateway Training Consortium
Chalkwell Park Drive, Leigh On Sea, Essex, SS9 1NH, 01702 714 519 or email info@gatewaytrainingconsortium.co.uk
  • Business Administration
ICON Training
61 Newport Rd, Caldicot, NP26 4BR, 01291 423655, info@icon-training.com
  • Business Support
  • Leadership & Management
  • Sport
Inspire Middlesex College
Neals Corner, Suites 5, 2 Bath Road, Hounslow, Middlesex, TW3 3HJ, 0203 441 6729, info@inspiremiddlesexcollege.co.uk
  • Level 2 Certificate in Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • NVQ level 2 Certificate in Pharmacy Services Skills (QCF)
  • NVQ 3 Diploma in Pharmacy Services Skills (QCF)
  • Level 3 Diploma in Pharmaceutical Sciences
Interserve learning and employment
12 Europa View, Sheffield Business Park, Sheffield, S9 1XH, 0333 444 5055, hello@interserve.com
  • Business
  • Teaching
  • Childcare
  • Beauty
  • Transport (e.g. bus drivers)
Key Training
3 E-Centre, Easthampstead Road, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 1NF, 01344 830100, info@keytraining.co.uk
  • Business
  • Customer Service
  • Recruitment
  • Trainee-ships

West London Providers (L to Z)

LHAA (London Hairdressing Apprenticeship Academy Ltd)

478 Chiswick High Rd, London, W4 5TT, tara-mia@lhaa.co.uk, 02089539344

  • Diploma for Hair Professionals (Hairdressing) Level 2
  • Apprenticeship in Hairdressing [NVQ 3]
  • Barbering

Lifetime Training

Clifton Heights, Triangle West, Bristol, BS8 1EJ, 0333 0143 669

  • Catering and hospitality
  • Fitness
  • Health
  • Business

LMP Education (Let Me Play)

15B Berghem Mews, Hammersmith, London W14 0AA, 020 3475 7511, info@letmeplay.co.uk

  • Facility Services/Management (Level 2 & 3),
  • Supporting for Teaching and Learning in Schools (Level 2 & 3),
  • Supporting the Delivery of PE and School Sport (Level 3),
  • IT Support/Application Specialist (Level 2 & 3),
  • Business Admin (Level 2 & 3),
  • Business Admin with HR (Level 3),
  • Business Admin with Accounts (Level 3),
  • Journalism/Media (Level 3),
  • Team Leader/Supervisor (Level 3) 

MIT Skills Ltd

Gate Centre Brentford, Unit 7, Syon Gate Way, A4 Great West Road, Middlesex,TW8 9DD, 08454 309009, mitskills.com/apprenticeships/ email hello@mitskills.com

  • Business Administration
  • Sales and Tele-sales
  • Management
  • Customer Service
  • Business Improvement
  • Motor Vehicle
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Logistics
  • Early Years & Adult Care Sports Coaching
  • Sports Development
  • Hairdressing Barbering
  • Construction
  • Plumbing & Heating
  • Manufacturing & Engineering
  • Electro-technical
  • Electrical Installation
  • Performing Engineering Operations
  • Performing Manufacturing Operations
  • Railways
  • Track Maintenance
  • Hospitality

Parenta Training Ltd

2-8 London Road, Rocky Hill, Maidstone, Kent, ME16 8PZ, 0800 0029 242, recruited@parenta.com or hello@parenta.com

  • Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young Peoples Workforce
  • Level 2 or 3 Diploma in Childcare

ProVQ Ltd

Atcham Business Park, Atcham, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY4 4UG, 01743 762 800, info@provq.com

  • Automotive


Wincanton Close, Ascot Drive, Derby, DE24 8NB, 0115 975 9550

  • Automotive,
  • Catering,
  • Management,
  • Business, Retail,
  • IT,
  • Food,
  • Care 

Rewards Training Recruitment Consultancy Limited

Belgrave House, Station Way, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 1HU, 01293 562651, enquiries@rewardstraining.co.uk

  • Business
  • Hospitality
  • Health
  • Hairdressing


Radius House, 51 Clarendon Road, Watford, Hertfordshire WD17 1HP, 01923 216 165

  • Light Vehicle
  • Heavy Vehicle
  • Motor Cycle
  • Fast Fit
  • Body Panel
  • Body Painters
  • Parts
  • Mechanical and Electrical Trim
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Traffic Office
  • Warehousing
  • Commercial Moving
  • Driving Goods Vehicles
  • Driving Passenger Vehicles
  • Mail Services & Package Distribution
  • International Trade and Logistics
  • Logistics Operations Management
  • Customer Service
  • Vehicle or General Sales
  • Business Administration
  • Financial Services
  • Team Leading
  • Management

Skills Training UK

Hygeia House, 3rd Floor, 66 College Road, Harrow, HA1 1BE, 0208 795 8200, apprenticeships@skillstraininguk.com

  • Business Administration Levels 2 and 3,
  • Customer Service Levels 2 and 3,
  • Leaderships and Management Level 3,
  • IT and digital Level 3,
  • Quality Improvement Levels 2 and 3,
  • NHS – Administration,
  • Quality,
  • Management and IT at all levels,
  • Materials Testing Levels 2 and 3,
  • Teaching Assistant Level 3,
  • Business Travel Level

Traineeships in:

  • Retail,
  • Business Administration,
  • Personal Development and Employability,
  • Industry (manufacturing, warehousing,
  • logistics and distribution),
  • Hospitality


We Work Building, 119 Marylebone Road, London, NW1 5PU, 020 3884 1067, hello@whitehat.org.uk

  • Accounting,
  • IT Support,
  • Digital Marketing & Social Media,
  • Business Admin,
  • Customer Service,
  • Leadership and Management,
  • Software Engineering