Work-based Education: Accessible Apprentice Programme

We run our own in-house paid accessible apprentice training programme. Graduates spend a year with us gaining paid work experience and receiving training bespoke to their needs from our range of accredited and non-accredited courses.

All applicants to our accessible apprentice programme must have a learning disability to apply. Our individually tailored programme enables us to assess people applying purely on vocational skills and desire to work in the catering and warehousing sectors. As a result, we do not set any English or Maths requirements and embed functional skills throughout the programme using real workplace scenarios.

Since 2011, we have helped over 80 graduates start in their career, with 70% progressing into paid work after their time with us.  This is considerably higher than the national average completion rates for formal apprentices, demonstrating our graduate’s commitment and ability.

Our programme

Our programme consists of a 12-month paid role comprising of 30 hours per week on the job training and one day in a classroom. Individuals can enrol onto one of the following qualifications:

  • Level 2 NVQ in Food Production and Cooking (7132-06)
  • Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Hospitality Services (7132-09)
  • Level 2 NVQ in Warehouse and Storage Skills (1016-02)

As well as their vocational qualifications, individuals also have access to our new Learning Management System (LMS) for staff, giving them access to a range of training such as autism awareness, equality and diversity and manual handling.

Following the yearlong programme, graduates will then work with our supported employment team to find a job after their time on programme finishes.

When will you be recruiting to the programme? Follow us on social media to get notified when we open our accessible apprentice programme. Our application forms are Easy Read, and we will have information days where you can come and meet our teams, see our spaces and get help with the forms.

For more information contact Suzanne Thomson, Learning & Skills Manager, at

Click here to find out more about our work around apprenticeships and why we should do more to embed inclusion, diversity and accessibility