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Exploring the funding and support for apprentices with additional support needs (DFE-RR800)

Explores the effectiveness of funding to support apprentices with a learning difficulty or disability (LDD) and/or apprentices from a disadvantaged background. Draws on information from qualitative interviews with apprenticeship providers, employers and third party organisations. Explores the range of support needs (learning support and social or safeguarding support) that apprentices may have, and the types of support that they may require in order to successfully access and complete an apprenticeship. Explains how providers and employers identify these needs, and the extent to which providers and employers believe support can be provided to meet different needs. Looks at the support provided for apprentices with additional support needs, who provides this support (e.g. specialist support from third party organisations such as a homeless charity), and where there are gaps in provision. Examines provider and employer experiences of accessing funding to support apprentices with additional support needs. Notes that most providers/employers use a combination of their core funding, funding offered by DfE (via the Education and Skills Funding Agency) for providing support to particular apprentices, and wider funding streams. Discusses the criteria for Additional Learning Support funding, Disadvantage Uplift, and Access to Work funding. Considers whether the support enables apprentices to participate in and complete their programmes. Incudes case studies such as ‘Supporting Apprentices Mental Health Support Service’ (delivered by Remploy on behalf of DWP’s Access to Work programme).


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Jones, Emily; Davies, Elizabeth, Learning and Work Institute
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Department for Education (DfE)

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