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Inclusive Apprenticeships

Overview of Inclusive Apprenticeships.

Inclusive Apprenticeships are a flexible, bespoke earn while you learn apprenticeship programme designed for those with recognised learning difficulties/disabilities.

Benefits of recruiting an Inclusive Apprentice include:

  • Access to the hidden but talented employment market
  • Government financial incentives for apprenticeships (up to £3,000) *
  • Putting Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policy into action rather than just words
  • Creates a workforce reflective of a diverse local community
  • Addressing skills gaps and introducing fresh perspectives to an organisation
  • Finding and nurturing quality employees for the future

Financial incentives to employers

You can claim up to £2,000* as an incentive payment if you hire an inclusive apprentice that starts with you between 1 August 2020 and 31 January 2021.

£2,000 for 16-24-year olds*

£1,500 for 24+ year olds*     

An additional £1,000 for learners with an Education, Health and Care Plan up to the age of 24

Criteria and Eligibility: 

  • The apprentice must have an Education, Health and Care plan, Learning Disability Assessment or a Statement of Educational needs (current or historic plan)
  • Meet the minimum entry requirement for Maths and English which is recommended to be at entry level 3 (equates to low level GCSE F grade)
  • Must be able to undertake a minimum of 15 hours work per week

As part of an apprenticeship learners will:

  • Develop their Maths and English up to Functional skills level 2 (if required)
  • Depending on the apprenticeship standard, they will be working towards a vocational qualification (i.e. Construction, Health and Social Care or Engineering

Next steps – more information

Essex County Council Targeted Employment Team are continuously looking to work with local inclusive employers to create meaningful opportunities as we want all young people to have the best possible start on their journey to employment and achieve the bright and ambitious futures that they deserve. The Targeted Employment Team work alongside the Essex Apprenticeship Levy Transfer Service and can work with employers who would like to support an inclusive apprenticeship either by offering an inclusive apprenticeship or gifting levy to fund an apprenticeship.

If you would like to work with us or require more information about Inclusive Apprenticeships and how to imbed them within your organisation; please feel free to email us at 

Targetedemployment@essex.gov.uk