Supporting disabled apprentices and those with LDD

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In the UK, more than 14 million people identify as being disabled or having a learning disability or difficulty (LDD).

Yet, the NHS only employs 4.6 per cent of disabled apprentices compared with 10.1 per cent in other sectors.

In this section, we provide guidance and resources on how to attract, employ and support disabled people and those with LDD into apprenticeships, including:

Apprenticeships for All

NHS Employers was commissioned by Health Education England to deliver and support a 'train the trainer' programme called Apprenticeships for All.

During 2018-19, NHS Employers worked closely with 18 NHS organisations, listed below, who applied for the training programme. A representative from each trust learnt how to deliver a line manager training programme focused on reflective and interactive training exercises. 

The organisations who were selected to participate on the programme were:

  • Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS Foundation Trust
  • Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
  • Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust
  • Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
  • East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust
  • Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
  • Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust
  • Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
  • Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Sussex Community NHS Trust
  • University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust
  • University Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust

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The benefits of recruiting disabled apprentices

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