Apprenticeships are open to all young people and training providers can work with young people with SEND to identify what additional support they may need. As an apprentice you can earn a salary whilst studying for a nationally recognised qualification and getting 'on the job' training. It's a way to gain experience, strengthen your CV and build your career. There is a wide range of apprenticeships available to suit every skill and passion and the training provider will offer support for any additional needs.
Apprenticeships offer a different way of learning compared to college or university, and you have the opportunity to get a qualification that will be valued by potential employers.
You can find out more about apprenticeships via the Find an Apprenticeship Service website.
Apprenticeships are available at different levels from intermediate to degree level and have different entry requirements depending on apprenticeship and industry sector. The current minimum wage for an apprentice is £3.40 per hour – although many employers pay more with the average weekly take home pay for an apprentice being £170. You will be expected to work a minimum of 30 hours per week but will get at least 20 days of paid holiday during the year plus bank holidays!
Apprenticeships can lead to fantastic career prospects - did you know that Jamie Oliver, John Frieda and Alexander McQueen all started out as apprentices?!
Employers and training providers can provide support to apprentices with SEND in various ways including through additional mentoring. Both employers and colleges have a duty under the Equality Act 2010 to make reasonable adjustments for people with disabilities. If you have a special educational need and/or disability and have identified an apprenticeship that you are interested in then you may wish to call the employer in advance to discuss with them what level of support they may be able to offer.
Disability Rights UK has produced a Guide to Apprenticeships for Disabled People which includes answers to common questions such as how to find an apprenticeship, whether the training will be accessible and what support is available in the workplace.
Stepping Stones to an Apprenticeship
If you’re not quite ready for an apprenticeship and want to gain further skills and work experience prior to embarking on one then you may wish to consider the following options:
Benefits of doing an Apprenticeship
Short Earn a wage while learning
Medium Gain recognised qualifications and train for your future career
Long On average apprentices earn over £100,000 more than unqualified employees over the course of their career
Degree apprenticeships are a relatively new development for vocational higher education and can be very competitive. They combine full time paid work with free part time university study and are available in areas including aerospace engineering, construction, financial services and digital industries amongst others. They are a great way to work towards a degree without the worry of tuition fees. Employers currently offering degree apprenticeships include:
- BAE Systems
- Astra Zeneca
- J.P. Morgan
- Goldman Sachs
How to apply for an Apprenticeship - A guide packed full of hints and tips about how to work your way through registering, searching and applying for your dream apprenticeship.
Find an Apprenticeship - Information from Gov.uk on how to search for an apprenticeship
Amazing Apprenticeships - Resources for parents, teachers and governors to find out about apprenticeships
Association of Learning Providers in Surrey - Site dedicated to supporting Surrey learning providers
Apprenticeship Guide - All you need to know about apprenticeships
A guide to Apprenticeships - A guide outlining information and benefits of apprenticeships as a key route in to a successful career
Mental Health Support for Apprentices - Mental health support for apprentices offered by Remploy
Surrey County Council Apprenticeship Scheme - Information on Surrey County Council's own apprenticeship scheme
Benefits of Apprenticeships - Infographic showing the benefits of apprenticeships