This page contains information on the funding options available to help you support disabled people and those with learning difficulties or disabilities into apprenticeships in your organisation.
A combination of funds is available from your own organisation and the government. The amount your organisation provides depends on whether it pays the apprenticeship levy or not. Funding from the government is limited by the funding band maximum for each apprentice depending on their pathway. Any additional costs must be paid by your organisation. You do not need to apply separately for this funding but, if your organisation pays the levy, you do need to register your apprentices with the apprenticeship service in order to receive the funds. If your organisation does not pay the levy, your training provider will apply for these funds on your behalf.
The government has recognised that some apprentices require extra support to fully access learning during their apprenticeship. You can claim a further £1000 on top of your usual apprenticeship funding to support any apprentices with a local authority education, health and care (EHC) plan or legacy statement, care leavers, or young apprentices aged 16-18. Your training provider will apply for these funds on your behalf and transfer them to you.
Support for achieving English and maths qualifications
If an apprentice needs additional training to achieve a level 2 in English and maths, the government will pay for that training. Your training provider can apply for these funds on your behalf with no cost to your organisation. Following recommendations from the Maynard Report 2017, English and maths requirements can be adjusted to entry Level 3 for apprentices with LDD.
You can find out more on the apprenticeship funding web page.
Access to Work
Access to Work is a government scheme available to all disabled members of staff, or staff with LDD, including apprentices. It provides extra support to ensure that disabled people or those with LDD are not substantially disadvantaged in the workplace. Support might be in the form of specialist equipment, adaptions, support worker services, or help getting to and from work. Access to Work is available to those working as little as one hour per week. While individuals should apply for Access to Work themselves, it would be useful to signpost employees to the application and offer support. You can find out more about the scheme on the gov.uk Access to Work web pages.