Response to today’s review of the accessibility of apprenticeships for people with learning difficulties or disabilities

12 July 2016

Commenting on today’s publication of Paul Maynard MP’s review of the accessibility of apprenticeships for people with learning difficulties or disabilities, Leonard Cheshire Disability’s head of policy and campaigns Patrick Olszowski said:

‘We welcome the publication of the Maynard review, which aims to ensure more people with learning disabilities can take up apprenticeships.

‘We particularly welcome his recommendation to adjust the minimum requirement for English and maths qualifications for people with learning disabilities.

‘We know there are many people in this group who could meet the day-to-day demands of an apprenticeship, but often struggle with formal requirements.

‘The government’s commitment to halve the disability employment gap by 2020 is one of the most ambitious and exciting policies for disabled people in years.

‘However, to turn this target into a reality, more than a million disabled people will have to be supported into employment by 2020 — that’s 5,000 every week.

‘Ministers should now implement these recommendations without delay.’

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