New Apprenticeship Taskforce Announced

The Department for Work and Pensions have announced the formation of a new taskforce that will look at accessibility of apprenticeships for people with learning disabilities.

According to Government reports only 6% of people with learning difficulties are currently in employment. They want to see training opportunties and apprenticeships made more accessible so that young people with learning disabilities are more easily able to enter the workforce.

Working with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, and the Department for Education the task force aim to create 3 million apprenticeships by 2020 and halve the disability gap.

The taskforce will meet 3 times throughout May and June: once to identify issues, then to explore solutions and finally to form recommendations to make to ministers. It will be led by Paul Maynard MP and include employers, training providers, charities and educational experts.