Local Offer - Apprenticeships and employment


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
  • get time to complete training and study related to your role (at least 20% of your normal working hours)

Apprenticeships take 1 to 5 years to complete depending on their level. You can find more information on our website regarding apprenticeships. 

Careers Guidance

The Solihull Careers Hub - SEND Focus

The Solihull Careers Hub collaborate with local schools and employers to prepare young people to make their next best steps. We aim to change the trajectory of outcomes for young people with SEND, so they can confidently offer their talents in pursuit of their highest aspirations, within a mainstream economy that values and enables their contribution.

To learn more about the Solihull Careers Hub's support, please click here.

General employment support

  • Skills for Success - Support for schools and colleges in the Solihull Careers Hub area to provide help navigating around options and look for best career or educational move to help sustain education or achieve employment.
  • Solihull Youth Employment Promise - Support for Solihull residents to help them (either with an EHCP or that has become outdated) move into work. The Team is here to help SEND young residents that have become NEET (not in employment, education or training) to move into jobs through wraparound support, helping them to achieve and linking up with employers looking to recruit.

Our Employment and Skills Team are committed to supporting residents into work and training. We have a network of supportive local employers and partners to help with your transition into work.

Please leave your contact here, and a member of our Employment and Skills Team will get in touch with you.

We have supported residents into employment over the years. Here are what some of them have said about their experiences with us.

“You were very supportive with finding a job for me in our sessions, setting up an interview with the employer and taking consideration of any difficulties I may have in regard to working certain jobs.”

“The help and guidance they have provided has been exemplary. They worked hard to find opportunities for me that would work with my current schedule and that are tailored to exactly what I want.”

“It has helped me to grow as a person attending the sessions as I learn more and more about myself. I am very thankful to the help and support on my journey that has been giving me strength each week.”

Supported internships

Supported internships are structured study programmes based primarily with employers with the aim for paid employment. They equip young people aged 16-24 with Education, Health and Care plans (EHCP) with the skills they need for work, through learning in the workplace.

Main points of supported internships:

  • Aimed at 16-24 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 paid employment at the end of the programme
  • On site job coaching funded by Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) through the Supported Internship Provider
  • 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

if you are interested to learn more, please leave your contact here, and a member of our Employment and Skills Team will get in touch with you.

There are programmes offered by our partners, please refer to their websites below:

Local Supported Employment Offer

Solihull Council are determined to lead workplace inclusion across the borough. Supported Employment is a scheme to let residents with Learning Disabilities, Autism or both access support that will lead to paid employment. The Council has partnered up support with Experts by Experience, Colebridge Trust and Ideal for All to help engage and support SEND residents to improve their career options.

Delivery will take place over next 2 years and will help SEND residents (no age limits) to achieve work and sustain employment or look for other jobs, if you are interested in finding out more about the support available, email the Employment and Skills Team to understand the programme and work with our partners to get that job.

Disability Confident and Employer Offer for SEND

Disability Confident Businesses play a leading role in changing employment behaviour and cultures in the region and reaping the benefits of inclusive recruitment practices.

Our Employment & Skills Team work with supportive employers to promote and improve employment of residents with SEND, the team are developing events to promote the success of being an inclusive business and work with local employers to develop job opportunities or anyone with a disability looking to get a job in Solihull.

This is a business to business support programme, so if you are interested in how it can support you or your child, please drop the Employment and Skills Team an email to enquire.

Supported jobs

Our Employment & Skills Team are fully equipped to support our residents with SEND. We will understand the specific needs of the individuals and match them with supportive employers. We will support them before they start working, as well as their first 2 months into the job to help with their transition.

Supported Jobs are what the teams are here to deliver on. If you want to know more about the SEND Jobs we are currently recruiting to, please contact the Employment & Skills Team to ask more about engagement, development, progression and jobs we can offer.

At the same time, the Team liaises with employers (Disability Confident) and support them for any adjustments needed to the work environment or the role, and access to disability support (Access to Work) provided by the DWP or any other appropriate in work provision.

Contact our Employment and Skills Team and get support for work.


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Solihull Recruitment and Training Centre

16-18 Maple Walk, Chelmsley Wood Shopping Centre   B37 5TS

(Opening hours: Mondays to Thursdays 9:30am – 4:30pm)

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