‘It is critically important that a young person facing mental health challenges has the same opportunity to complete their apprenticeship as non-disabled apprentices.
Not to do so can have a negative long-term impact on their life chances, and so two things are required to ensure equality of opportunity.
Firstly, employers and providers must make sure they receive tailored, individual support to remove the risk of their not completing their apprenticeships.
Understanding the pressures and challenges facing young people with mental health conditions, and providing training, help and guidance which acknowledges their issues, will go a long way toward easing them, through their apprenticeships.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) have together to produce a programme which does just this.’ – FE Week