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Apprenticeships for young people with an EHC plan


  • generally combine training in a job with study
  • are available at different levels, from level 2 to level 7
  • can take between one and 5 years to complete, depending on the level

Apprentices work alongside experienced staff and earn a wage. 

Apprenticeships and EHC plans

If your child has an education, health and care (EHC) plan, they can keep it while they're on an apprenticeship. The provider of the apprenticeship will be named in your child's EHC plan and this will be reviewed at least once a year. 

In some cases, the provider can apply to the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) directly for funding, for example, if they can't pay for your child's additional needs through core funding.

Find out more from our partner Ansbury Guidance and how they can support you if you have an EHC plan.

How to apply for an apprenticeship

Your child can apply for an apprenticeship while they're still at school or when they're in college. To start one, they'll need to be:

  • aged 16 or over by the end of the summer holidays
  • living in England 
  • not in full-time education

Apprenticeships are advertised through:

Read the Disability Rights UK guide on apprenticeships for people with disabilities.

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