National Apprenticeship Week

This week is National Apprenticeship Week and, during the week, employers and apprentices from across England will come together to celebrate the success of apprenticeships whilst encouraging more people to choose apprenticeships as a pathway to a career. You can find details of local events at

The Learning and Work Institute has published an online Employer Toolkit that has a focus on supporting apprentices who have a disability.

The Department for Education (DfE) is working with “Pacesetters” to deliver and build on the Maynard Taskforce recommendations to achieve an increase in the number of people with learning difficulties and disabilities that secure, complete and progress from apprenticeships. Pacesetters are expected to deliver tangible results quickly, particularly for those with learning disabilities whose participation is contingent upon the English and maths flexibilities implemented by DfE in September 2017.  Lessons learned will be used to scale up good practice across the country. 

Pacesetters have been established in Camden, Gloucestershire, Islington, Kent, Newcastle, Sandwell, Shropshire & Wolverhampton, West London Alliance (Barnet, Brent, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Harrow, Hillingdon and Hounslow). In addition, Mencap is a pacesetter working across the whole country and the NHS (led by Health Education England) is working with trusts in the North East of England, North West London and Hampshire Hospitals Foundation Trust.