LSIS and Remploy announce workshops to encourage employers to hire disabled apprentices

Holding two workshops for employers

Holding two workshops for employers

The Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS) is encouraging learning providers and employers to hire more disabled people as apprentices, it has been reported. LSIS is working with Remploy Employment Services to deliver two free workshops, one on 20th May in Leicester and the other on the 23rd in Newcastle, to tackle any misconceptions surrounding the recruitment of a disabled person on to an apprenticeship scheme.

Research from the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) and Remploy released in 2011 demonstrated how employers can be put off hiring apprentices with disabilities because they expect health and safety legislation to be time consuming. Another factor showed concern over whether an apprentice with disabilities would complete their training. The workshops will outline how employers can find further support and additional funding for disabled apprentices.

Howard Nelson, a Business Consultant at Remploy, said: “Apprenticeships are becoming more popular, but disabled people are not competing on a level playing field. They are encountering preconceptions from employment providers and colleges which are preventing them from benefiting from the opportunity of becoming an apprentice. The workshops have proved extremely popular and we really hope to be able to deliver more in the future by charging a fee or by finding an organisation that will provide the funding so they can continue the work that LSIS has made possible.”