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Apprenticeships and Employment


Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.

As an apprentice you’ll:

Apprenticeships take 1 to 4 years to complete depending on their level

For general information – Click here

National Apprenticeship Service – Click here


Looking for work can be difficult the following organisations might be able to help:

Jobcentre Plus

Your local Jobcentre can help you find a job or gain new skills and tell you about disability-friendly employers in your area.

They can also refer you to a specialist work psychologist, if appropriate, or carry out an ’employment assessment’, asking you about:

  • your skills and experience
  • what kind of roles you’re interested in

Ask the work coach at your local Jobcentre

Programmes and grants

Your work coach can tell you about programmes and grants to help you back into work. These include:

  • Work Choice – to help you find a job, and get support when you start work
  • Access to Work – money towards a support worker or for the cost of equipment or travelling to work

Employment and Skills Team

If you are work ready and looking for employment you can contact Solihull’s Employment and Skills Team who offer a free, impartial service to local people looking for work.

You can follow the link below and fill in your details on the online form:

Or can call us on: 0121 704 8098

Or email the team:

You can keep up to date with news and vacancies by following us on twitter: @SolihullE4S

Supported Internships

Supported internships are structured study programmes based primarily with  employers. They enable young people aged 16-24 with Education, Health and Care plans to achieve  paid employment by equipping them with the skills they need for work, through learning in the workplace.

Main points of Supported Internships:

  • Aimed at 16-25 year olds with an EHCP who are ready and willing to work
  • A year long study programme which is mostly based with an employer with the aim of employment at the end of the programme
  • On site job coaching funded by Department for Work and Pensions
  • Supported Internships are unpaid.
  • Young people complete  personalised study programmes which include the chance to study for relevant substantial qualifications, if appropriate, and appropriate levels of english and maths

For more information please contact: Sallie Partridge, 0121 678 7241.