The government recognises that disabled people are under-represented in apprenticeships. The National Apprenticeship Service provides funding for training costs and apprenticeship grants for employers which can be used to encourage large employers to take on blind and partially sighted young people.
The training provider or college should give you support with the training-related aspects of your apprenticeship. At college this will be paid for through Learning Support and Exceptional Learning Support for eligible apprentices of all ages. You may also be able to receive Access to Work support to help you when you are on the job. If you are interested in doing an apprenticeship you should speak to a careers adviser as well as discuss it at your preparing for adulthood transition review.
In Northern Ireland
Apprenticeships NI is a Northern Ireland programme that offers training to 16 year olds and over, across a wide range of jobs. It provides recognised training and qualifications to new and existing employees to help meet the demands of local employers.
You can find out more about this programme at the NI Direct website.
Modern Apprenticeships can be a way of working while studying for a qualification at the same time. For more information about available options, speak with your Careers Adviser. You can find out more information about employment opportunities in Scotland on the RNIB Scotland employment pages.
If you are from Wales and are keen to explore alternatives to A levels and NVQ's why not consider doing an apprenticeship. The Welsh Government provides a number of Work-based learning or training programmes such as Skillbuild or Foundation Apprenticeships which give young people the opportunity to learn a skill or trade and earn money at the same time.
In terms of support, your training provider usually plans and organises this and they'll refer to your Learning and Skills Plan drawn up by Careers Wales to assist them. In some circumstances your provider can make a request for additional funding to support you to the Welsh Assembly Government.
If you are interested in finding out more about the work based learning and training programmes on offer visit the Careers Wales website or make an appointment with your nearest LLDD Careers Wales advisor.