Apprenticeships project - partners sought

Learning and Work Institute (L&W) are conducting research on behalf of the Department for Education to explore solutions to overcoming recruitment barriers for those with learning difficulties and disabilities (LDD) to entering apprenticeships. The research will support the Government in implementing the recommendations made by the Maynard taskforce, convened to explore access to apprenticeships for those with LDD. The research aims to:

  • Identify and explore a range of non-traditional recruitment practices that may support apprenticeship applicants with LDD to be successful.
  • Work with apprenticeship providers and employers to consider how non-traditional recruitment practices are currently working and could be implemented.
  • Raise awareness of good practice approaches, including practical guidance on how approaches can be implemented.
  • Consider how practices and support could be funded if replicated elsewhere.

L&W are currently seeking partners for this research with experience supporting those with LDD to undertake apprenticeships and other forms of work-related activity to identify, understand and share good practice. We will work with partners to conduct research activities to develop a case study which will explore and understand their approaches and share these more widely as example of good practice with a focus on how others may replicate these practically.

If you would be interested in taking part, the attached project briefing provides further information for partners about the research and what their involvement may include. Alternatively, you can contact Elizabeth Davies at Learning and Work Institute to discuss this further on 0116 285 9689 or at