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Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are a Government programme that enables people over 16 to learn and earn while working. Apprenticeships are available at four levels Intermediate, Advanced, Higher and Degree The level that is right for you depends on your stage in learning and working.

People starting an apprenticeship straight from school or without any prior experience in a particular job would normally start at Intermediate level. Requirements will vary, and you may need up to five GCSEs at grade A* to C — including English and maths.

You'll need to show you have the ability to complete the programme — what's required varies across training providers, employers, and job roles.

Search and apply for apprenticeship opportunities in West Sussex:

  • Apprenticeships on the West Sussex County Council website
  • Apprenticeships in Sussex website
  • Into Apprenticeships - Disability Rights Uk
  • Transforming Lives - National Apprenticeships document

    Aldingbourne Trust

    See a video below about Work Aid:

    The Prince's Trust

    The Prince's Trust in partnership with Equiniti is offering a three week training and work experience opportunity for young people who are interested in a career in business administration. If you are 16-25, not in work, education or training and living in Crawley, Brighton, Hove or Worthing join our free training programme where you can.

    *‘Help to Work’ programme for unemployed people over 16 *

    Do you need some extra help to find work? Help to Work, a project funded by the DWP and the European Social Fund and delivered by Kennedy Scott, provides support for over 16s, including carers and people with disabilities. Once on the programme, you’ll be allocated a personal Employment Coach and get the chance to create a personalised plan to meet your needs. You’ll work on improving your CV and interview skills and be given help to find suitable jobs. You’ll also gain access to services, courses and community groups through the ‘E-Circle of Support’ and receive up to six months ongoing support once you’re in employment. The project is for anyone who is currently unemployed, aged 16 or over and a legal resident with the right to work in the UK. For more information and other eligibility criteria, visit http://www.kennedyscott.co.uk/Help-to-Work.html, call 01304 201213 or email [email protected]

    Access to Work Funding

    Information for Employers

    Too Much Information in the workplace: Job interviews video from the National Autistic Society

    Reasonable adjustments

    You must always discuss any recommendations with the person concerned. The law does not require you to implement adjustments that are not reasonable but it is your responsibility to make that assessment. The following questions will help you to make an objective assessment whether a recommended or requested adjustment is reasonable.

    • How effective will the adjustment be in preventing the disadvantage? For example, dyslexia can impact on the person’s organisational skills, adjusting their hours to part time will not address the problem.
    • How practical is it to make the adjustment? For example, if the recommendation is for a particular piece of software, is this compatible with all of the other software used by the individual?
    • Can the adjustment be sustained in the longer term? For example, if the recommendation is for the individual to undertake “light duties” how will this impact on the operational resilience of the service?
    • What effect, if any, will the adjustment have on other employees?
    • Would making the particular adjustment result in unacceptable risks to the health & safety of any person (including the person with the disability)?
    • Would making the adjustment reduce a health & safety risk to anyone (including the person with the disability)?
    • What, if any, disruption will be caused by making the adjustment?
    • Are there any financial and other costs, and are these reasonable?
    • Is financial or other assistance available to help make the adjustment, e.g. from Access to Work?
    • To what extent is the person concerned co-operative in making the adjustments? If the person refuses to co-operate with the only adjustments that are reasonable, you do not have a duty to do more.