New apprenticeship scheme launches to support those with additional health needs

Two young individuals have been the first to embark on a new supported apprenticeship scheme, which aims to help build experience and confidence in the workplace for those with additional health needs.

The initiative is run by Oxfordshire Employment, the county council’s supported employment service, and is available to those aged 16 - 21 living with a health or disability need who might need additional support to enter work.

Oxford residents, Ella Armitage-Brown, 20, and Harry Measey, 21, both have learning disabilities and are the first to join the new scheme. They will spend 18 months learning professional skills to support them in their future careers, as well as gain a glimpse into how a local council works.

Councillor Jenny Hannaby, Oxfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, said: “Finding the right work is such an important aspect in anyone’s lives, but particularly for younger people just starting out in their career. I’m extremely pleased that this new supported apprenticeship scheme will help those with additional needs start off on the right foot. I look forward to hearing more about Ella and Harry’s progress over the coming months. Congratulations, Ella and Harry!”

Ella, who is undertaking a Level 2 adult care supported apprenticeship, said: “I have spent my teenage years not knowing what the future would hold for me as someone with learning difficulties and health conditions. But when Oxfordshire Employment found this apprenticeship for me, I felt really supported right away and ready to learn new skills. They’ve helped me settle in and I’m finally excited about my future.”

Harry, who is undertaking a Level 2 facilities supported apprenticeship, said: “I struggle to learn new skills and roles on my own, which is why I was interested in a supported apprenticeship. Having someone support me will help give me the confidence to eventually move forward in my career.”

It is hoped that the scheme, which launched in late January will inspire others to take part. The apprenticeships are tailored to suit the needs, circumstances and aspirations of the individual taking part, and have lower academic criteria for entry to help increase accessibility and opportunities for young people to enter the workplace.

Ella and Harry will complete their apprenticeships in summer 2023 when they will have the opportunity to receive further support from Oxfordshire Employment to find the right next step.

If you would like to find out more about the scheme including how you might be able to benefit from hosting a supported apprenticeship, contact the Oxfordshire Employment team.


For more information about this release contact the Oxfordshire County Council and Cherwell District Council communications team on 01865 323870 or email press.office@oxfordshire.gov.uk

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