The Department for Education has announced changes to Maths and English requirements for apprentices who have  special educational needs, learning difficulties or disabilities. Specific criteria have to be met and evidenced and these are detailed in the Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England. For these apprentices exemptions are in place for the regular English and Maths minimum requirements. This exemption allows the apprentice to use an Entry Level 3 qualification in English or Maths as an acceptable alternative.

The Fit for Work scheme that aimed to revolutionise occupational health in the UK has been slammed as a ‘wasted investment’ after two sets of figures suggested it was being woefully underused by both companies and doctors.

A new survey run on behalf of People Management by GP magazine has found that around two-thirds (65 per cent) of more than 400 GPs questioned had not referred a single person under the Fit for Work scheme in the last year.

Ofsted has given Learndirect an inspection rating of inadequate. It is likely that it will lose Government-funded contracts as a result.

Access to Work Mental Health Support Service

Shaw Trust would welcome expressions of interest from organisations who would be interested in delivering or supporting the Access to Work Mental Health Support Service across England, Scotland and Wales.

NHS Benchmarking are undertaking a national review of employment support (including supported employment) for people suffering with poor mental health. This national audit includes providers in both the NHS and the rest of the statutory sector, along with voluntary sector providers.

Sponsored by Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou and administered by Leonard Cheshire Disability, the Stelios Award for Disabled Entrepreneurs in the UK identifies and celebrates business ability by recognising an exceptional disabled entrepreneur.

The competition is open to disabled entrepreneurs on the management board, and with ownership, of any business in the UK.

NHS England will be conducting a webinar series entitled Doubling access to Individual Placement and Support (IPS) - delivering the Mental Health Five Year Forward View. The webinar series will support the delivery of the key MHFYFV (Mental Health Five Year Forward View) commitment to double the reach of IPS by 2020/21, enabling people with severe mental illnesses to find and retain employment.

The Department for Education (DfE) has published an updated guidance document for Supported Internships.

Bridge to Work has announced a 3-year programme of funding to support projects aimed at helping young disabled people between the ages of 16-30. starting in September 2017.

The programme has three main aims:

Applications for the Channel 4 Apprenticeships programme are now open, and will be closing shortly on the 30th July. Channel 4 has 16 opportunities across their London, Manchester and Glasgow offices.