Support for children aged 0-25 with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities


Apprenticeships are real jobs, with hands-on experience, a salary and the chance to train while you work. Apprentices are treated just like all the other employees in an organisation, with a contract of employment and holiday leave.

If you're 16 or over, you can become an apprentice as long as you spend at least 50% of your working hours in England - for the duration of the apprenticeship and you are not in full-time education.

Apprenticeships last a set amount of time, ranging between one and four years.

Apprenticeship levels and equivalent qualifications
  • Intermediate apprenticeships are equal to five GCSE passes.
  • Advanced apprenticeships are equal to two A level passes.
  • Higher apprenticeships can lead to an NVQ level four or a foundation degree.
Information on learning and training for young people with SEND

Equality and Diversity laws mean it is illegal for an employer not to take someone on because they have a special educational need or disability.

The Preparing for Adulthood section of the Local Offer has information on learning and training for young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND), including further information on apprenticeships.

Further information and advice on apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are available in many different areas, from office based jobs to catering or construction. You can do an apprenticeship in almost anything!

Visit the national Apprenticeships website to find out more about Apprenticeships and how to get started. The BCP Council 0 to 19 Team can also give advice.

The Dorset Careers Hub had careers & apprenticeship seminar full of interactive webinar sessions and you can view the sessions on their website.

Apprenticeships at BCP Council

BCP Council offer apprenticeships. For current opportunities, please see the Councils job pages.  

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