What help is available for disabled workers
In light of the start of the Paralympic games, by the same token what accessible Apprenticeships are available for disabled workers?
Disabled people are disabled by the lack of understanding of the barriers they can face every day of their lives.
The social model v Medical model?
What disability is often defined by is people’s attitude and unawareness, however, research shows that the social model, where people can determine the adjustments they need, to be given that it sees the person first,
and identifies the barriers, that can make it difficult for disabled workers to access jobs, buildings or services.
Removing the barriers can help disabled people access Apprenticeship and work opportunities.
Statics produced by the government on disabled people accessing apprenticeship shows the challenge facing them in employment.
This is crazy:
“In the last ten years, 2005/06 – 2015/16, the proportion of apprentices classified as disabled has fallen from 11 percent to 9.9 percent.”
The employment rate of disabled people remains below 50 percent, at 47.2 percent as recorded in 2015,
Want to know the best part?:
furthermore, the Government has committed to increasing this significantly by 2020.
Government plans to increase disabled people’s access to apprenticeships and have made some initiatives to tackle this.
Apprenticeship reforms include, a commitment to deliver around 3 million Apprenticeships starts in England by 2020, which will mean a substantial increase in the number of Apprenticeships starts since the last Parliamentary period (May 2010 to April 2015).
Apprenticeship targets for public sector organisations to work toward employing an average of at least 2.3% of their workforce as new apprentices over the period 2017-2020.
But here’s the kicker:
An Apprenticeship levy: Apprenticeship-levy will require that all employers are working in the UK, with a pay bill over £3 million each year, to invest in Apprenticeships.
With the introduction of the levy, it is hoped that this will lead to the creation of new Apprenticeships. Concerning the levy an employer will be able to recoup their levy payment if they take on apprentices, this can also be used to fund apprentices aged 16 and over.
See Apprenticeship Levy example:
• Employer of 250 employees, each with a gross salary of £20,000 would pay:
• Pay bill: £250 x £20,000 = £5,000,000
• Levy sum: 0.5% x £5,000,000 = £25,000
• Allowance: £25,000 – £15,000 = £10,000 annual Levy payment.
Role of employers
You may be wondering:
Helping disabled workers. Employers should not fear to access initiatives to support disabled people into work. These initiatives will ensure disabled people can access Apprenticeship opportunities as well.
Access to Work is a grant that can pay for practical support for a disabled person which is beyond ‘reasonable adjustment’ that is required under the Equality Act 2010.
For more information: Disability-confident-campaign
If you are committed to giving disabled people a start in the job market, try to put in place guidance and monitor the outcome of Apprenticeships and other work opportunities for disabled people to ensure that they are getting equal access and increase long-term employment opportunities.
Accessible Apprenticeships for disabled people
Having the disability employment gap and by ensuring Apprenticeships are available, it will help to upskill disabled people. The rate of disabled apprentices hovers around 6.8%.