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A project aimed at helping young people with dyslexia has already got five young people into Modern Apprenticeships.

Concept Northern specialises in providing support and using assistive technology to help young people into employment.

Minister for Youth and Women’s Employment, Annabelle Ewing, visited the organisation’s East Kilbride base as part of Scottish Apprenticeship Week.

Ms Ewing heard about the work of the project so far and met apprentices who have received support.

The project – aiming to support ten young people with dyslexia into apprenticeships – is part of Skills Development Scotland’s Equality Challenge Fund.

Andy Tasker of Concept Northern said: “We work with young people who have dyslexia who may need support.

“We also work with visually impaired young people who face a different challenge – they perhaps need written materials in alternative formats (digital or Braille) or for computers to have speech to text computer software.

“What we do is specialise in providing tailored solutions for these very personal challenges, and link in with our partners to help young people transition into training or employment.”

Andy Tasker

Thanks to the Equality Challenge Fund, Concept Northern established an SCQF Award (Assistive Technology Associate), designed specifically to help young people with dyslexia progress into a Modern Apprenticeship.

The Equality Challenge fund has supported 13 projects to find innovative ways of widening access to Modern Apprenticeships.

The fund is one of the action themes in the SDS’s Equalities Action Plan for Modern Apprenticeships.

The plan was drawn up with the support of equality groups and stakeholders from across Scotland to increase the number of young disabled people; Black and Minority Ethnic people and care leavers entering Modern Apprenticeships.

The five-year plan also aims to tackle gender segregation in types of apprenticeships where a gender imbalance exists.

Find out more here and watch more apprentices and employers talk about why the programme works for them at our YouTube playlist.

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