Apprenticeships: improving access for people with learning disabilities

Written by Paul Maynard on behalf of BIS, DfE and DWPDate 21 Jul 2016

This report gives the recommendations of the Government-appointed task force on apprenticeships for people with learning disabilities.

The task force was appointed in May 2016 by Minister for Disabled People, Justin Tomlinson MP, and Minister for Skills, Nick Boyles MP and was led by Paul Maynard MP. The role of the taskforce was to explore and improve access to apprenticeships for those with learning disabilities.

There are 14 recommendations put forward in Maynard's final report, the most signifincant relate to minimum standards in English and Maths. They proposal that: 

  • BIS (Department for Business Innovation and Skills) adjusts the minimum standard of English and maths required (to entry level 3) for a defined group of apprentices with learning difficulties and disabilities who are able to meet the occupational standard but will struggle to achieve English and maths qualifications at the level normally required. The taskforce recommends that further work is done to define this group and its potential volume, and quantify the impact any changes will have on people with LDD. This should be implemented in a way that ensures we have a robust system to avoid potential misuse of this adjustment.
  • BIS investigates potential changes to the method of assessments for English and maths for targeted groups as some people with LDD may be able to demonstrate the minimum requirements in the workplace, but be unable to complete a formal assessment.

To read the full report and along with the BIS and DWP response to the recommendations please use the link below to visit the government website.