Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.
As an apprentice you’ll:
- work alongside experienced staff
- gain job-specific skills
- earn a wage and get holiday pay
- study towards a related qualification (usually one day a week)
Apprenticeships take 1 to 4 years to complete depending on their level. You can find more information on gov.uk website regarding apprenticeships. To find out more about National Apprenticeship Service you can visit their website.
Your local Jobcentre can help you find a job or gain new skills and tell you about disability-friendly employers in your area.
They can also refer you to a specialist work psychologist, if appropriate, or carry out an ’employment assessment’, asking you about:
- your skills and experience
- what kind of roles you’re interested in
Ask the work coach at your local Jobcentre
Programmes and grants
Your work coach can tell you about programmes and grants to help you back into work. These include:
- Work Choice, to help you find a job, and get support when you start work
- Access to Work, receive money towards a support worker or for the cost of equipment or travelling to work
Employment and Skills Team
If you are work ready and looking for employment you can contact Solihull’s Employment and Skills Team who offer a free, impartial service to local people looking for work.
You can call them on: 0121 704 8098 or email the team direct or you can keep up to date with news and vacancies by following us on twitter
Supported internships are structured study programmes based primarily with employers. They enable young people aged 16-24 with Education, Health and Care plans to achieve paid employment by equipping them with the skills they need for work, through learning in the workplace.
Main points of Supported Internships:
- Aimed at 16-25 year olds with an EHCP who are ready and willing to work
- A year long study programme which is mostly based with an employer with the aim of employment at the end of the programme
- On site job coaching funded by Department for Work and Pensions
- Supported Internships are unpaid.
- Young people complete personalised study programmes which include the chance to study for relevant substantial qualifications, if appropriate, and appropriate levels of English and maths
For more information please contact: Sallie Partridge, 0121 678 7241.