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:

For an overview of the support available to providers from SDS, please see our Equality Support Guide.

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: 

1 January 0001

Equality Impact Assessments

Work Based Learning Equality Impact Assessment

DOCX 116 Kb

29 March 2021

Equality & Diversity

Equality Monitoring Form Guidance 2021-22

PDF 141 Kb

1 April 2021


Enhanced Funding Guidance 2021-2022

PDF 265 Kb

1 April 2021

Programme Specification

Appendix 4 - Eligibility Declaration of Enhanced Funding

DOCX 95 Kb

16 August 2018

Equality Impact Assessments

Equality Impact Assessment of the Ethnic Intersectionality Initiative (EII)

PDF 568 Kb

23 August 2018


Guide to engaging with BME Communities

PDF 613 Kb