Businesses sign up to disabled apprentice scheme

Employers are being asked to join an apprentice scheme to help their businesses at the same time as helping disabled people.

Stevenage-based disabled charity Hertfordshire PASS has started a rolling apprenticeship scheme to coincide with its 10th anniversary in partnership with businesses in the county.

Thanks to charitable funding and donations from employers, ten young disabled people have taken up positions at a range of businesses and service providers, including St Albans Youth Football Club, home and cosmetics company Henkel and advice charity POhWER.

Herts PASS apprenticeship coordinator Patrick Fitzgerald said apprentices had become football coaches, receptionists, disability advisors and set up computer systems.

Henkel’s Richard Boyle said: “The donation that Herts PASS received from Henkel was enough to fund on the job training for two apprentices so that they can achieve the skills and confidence to encourage them to look for work. It’s been wonderful to help achieve their goal.”

To find out how to become part of the programme, call Mr Fitzgerald on 01438 747 455.