20 September 2017

Supported apprenticeships at Brighton & Hove City Council

Apprenticeships create opportunities for many people and Brighton & Hove City Council has been making sure everyone gets the chance to kick start their career.

More flexibility allows those who have previously faced barriers to entering the world of work to get their foot on the ladder. The difficulties encountered by SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities), BAME and women candidates are more easily overcome with the possibility of part time work and greater support.

Meet Alia Hassan, who has autism and is a Business Administration apprentice in the council post room who is successfully developing her skills and increasing her employability whilst having her need for flexible working met.

Alia is taking on a level two business administration apprenticeship working 16 hours a week which allows her to spread her workload over two years instead of one.

Alia said: “If you have special requirements don’t be put off, a part time apprenticeship can give you the flexibility needed to do well in the work place.” 

As lead employer for the city we are trying to increase the diversity of our workforce. One way in which we are doing this is to support and encourage more people from underrepresented groups, including those with SEND, to consider apprenticeships. Diversity is promoted by offering more flexible working, for example part time apprenticeships.

As well as introducing apprentices to the world of work, many employees with disabilities go on to be highly successful in their careers. They are valuable to their employers and can encourage greater accessibility for other staff and customers in their place of work.

The council's Supported Employment Team offer employment advice, coaching and support to people who have disabilities and long-term health conditions. The skills learnt and opportunities gained have long- lasting positive effects on all aspects of one’s life. Supported Employment works with employers across the city to create and maintain a diverse workforce.

Councillor Dan Chapman, The chair of the council’s children, young people and skills committee, said: “At Brighton & Hove City Council we are very proud to offer a more flexible approach to apprenticeships. They are a well recognised route to employment and are supportive to many young people who face challenges entering the workplace.”

Find more information on developing a more inclusive and accessible apprenticeship offer in the Employers Toolkit.

You can find out how to recruit an apprentice at www.gov.uk/education/apprenticeships-traineeships-and-internships 

The Supported Employment team can be contacted by emailing ​SET@brighton-hove.gov.uk or by calling 01273 295961.

To find out more about apprenticeships, contact the apprenticeships team at apprenticeships@brighton-hove.gov.uk