Mencap seeks changes to apprenticeship eligibility

Mencap has published a report about supported apprenticeships that argues for changes to the eligibility criteria. Mancap wants a cognitive assessment to replace the current requirement of an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) or Learning Difficulty Assessment (LDA).

Mencap surveyed apprenticeship employers and training providers to gauge their views on the minimum standard flexibilities for apprentices with a learning disability or learning difficulty (LDD).

The survey found 96% of apprenticeship employers and providers agree that people with an LDD should qualify for adjusted minimum standards based on a cognitive assessment rather than evidence of an EHCP or a Statement of SEN/LDA. Additionally, they found that 95% of respondents support their recommendation to make the adjusted minimums for people with an LDD focused on the practical English and maths required for the job roles, rather than a standard qualification.