Local Offer - Apprenticeships and Employment


Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.

As an apprentice you’ll:

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

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.