It is important that we work together to ensure that apprenticeships are open to all.  On this page you will find guidance on supporting a wide range of customers groups on to apprenticeships, including information about relevant funding and tools which will help you to do this.

Employability Fund – Additional Support Needs Fund

Employability Fund providers can request funding to help them put in place any additional support that a candidate requires through the Employability Fund Additional Support Needs fund. Please see:

Enhanced Funding

MA providers can access funding for disabled or care experienced apprentices up to the age of 29.

Please see:

Disabled apprentices can apply for funding for workplace adjustments via Access to Work. This includes mental health support.

Ethnic Intersectionality Initiative (EII)

MA providers can access £1000 additional funding for taking on an apprentice from a minority ethnic background who faces additional barriers to work (e.g. caring responsibilities and/or support with English language).

Please see:

Equality Monitoring

To find out more about why we ask equality monitoring questions and for tips on how to support apprentices with disclosure, please see:

Guidance for learning providers and employers on supporting apprentices with their mental health and wellbeing:

Guidance for apprentices to support their own mental health and wellbeing:

For guidance on supporting Care Experienced apprentices, please see:

For information for Care Experienced apprentices, please see:

To help you attract and recruit apprentices from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities, please see:

Translated ‘Apprenticeships In a Nutshell’ leaflets (and English version):

Arabic Apprenticeships In A Nutshell Translation
French Apprenticeships In A Nutshell Translation
- Kurdish Apprenticeships In A Nutshell Translation
Urdu Apprenticeships In A Nutshell Translation
- English Version Apprenticeships In A Nutshell

For guidance on supporting disabled apprentices or people with additional support needs, please see:

For top tips on inclusive recruitment for you or the employers you work with, please see:

To review equality data for apprenticeships and the Employability Fund, please see:

For information on the demographics of each Local Authority area in Scotland, please see: