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Apprenticeships for Young People with SEND

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.

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

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

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

Remit

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

Skillnet

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

Whitehat

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