A pioneering initiative which offers apprenticeships to people with learning disabilities has resulted in seven young adults securing supported placements at the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital.
The scheme, called Apprentice Steps, is run in partnership with Luton Borough Council and New Horizons, and has already won an Adult Learners Award and has received sponsorship from the National Apprentice Service.
The new L&D apprentices are all from the local area and are aged from 17 – 25. They spend two days a week in classroom based learning in addition to their work placements in the hospital.
On Wednesday 21st August, there will be information stands and activities at the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital about Apprentice Steps and about the help the hospital can offer to patients who have learning disabilities.
“The Apprentice Steps initiative is a scheme to help young adults with a learning disability to prepare for and take up part time work placements at the hospital and with Luton Borough Council. This pilot scheme has been a great success and has received a Shared Learning Award. We very much hope it can be carried forward as an annual scheme providing work placement training and support to school leavers and / or young adults every year,’ says Roger Deards of the Luton Learning Disability Partnership Board.