Apprenticeship support for those with special educational needs
The Government has pledged additional funding to enable young people with special educational needs to access apprenticeships. This is likely to benefit young people with epilepsy who have an Education, Health and Care Plan.
Apprenticeships offer young people a first step in employment alongside vocational training. Young people with epilepsy may have additional needs which can make it harder to access job opportunities. Young Epilepsy research has found that 95% of children with active epilepsy have a significant difficulty in learning or behavior, which can affect educational achievement and job prospects.
The Government plans to cover 90% of training costs for all apprentices with small employers. Further funding is also being offered for young people with Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs), as well as 16-18 year-olds and care leavers. £1000 will be paid to employers to provide additional support and £1000 will go to training providers. The Government will also cover 100% of these apprentices’ training costs for employers with fewer than 50 members of staff.
Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Robert Halfon said:
This will give our young people the chance they deserve in life and to build a highly-skilled future workforce that the UK needs.
The Government is seeking views on the proposals from employers and training providers. Once the plans have been finalised, the new funding will be available from May 2017.