Apprenticeship opportunities for deaf young people

Apprenticeship opportunities for deaf young people

Posted by Rob Tickle |  1st June 2017

A partnership between two leading national charities is opening up apprenticeship opportunities for deaf young people.

The National Deaf Children’s Society, which aims to break down the barriers facing deaf children and young people, has teamed up with training provider Rathbone Training to support its apprenticeship programme.

The charity is initially taking on three youth work apprentices and one business administration apprentice through the programme and all applicants for the roles are deaf.

Rathbone Training, which helps young people, businesses and communities to unlock their potential through learning, has helped the National Deaf Children’s Society with the recruitment process, and supported it in making adjustments for candidates’ deafness.

Rachel Perrin, Head of Youth Development and Partnerships at the National Deaf Children’s Society commented: “It has been fantastic to partner with Rathbone Training to start our apprenticeship programme and to recruit deaf apprentices. Deaf young people can do anything other young people can do, if given the right support. These deaf apprentices will showcase to employers up and down the country what a brilliant contribution deaf apprentices can make to an organisation, and break down any misconceptions they might have.”

One of the applicants for the youth work apprenticeship is Francesca Lanfranchi, 18, from Nottingham.

Francesca said: “This apprenticeship programme is definitely a really positive step as one of the biggest issues for many deaf young people when looking for employment is confidence. By sharing the positive stories of the apprentices taken on through this programme it will show other deaf young people what can be achieved and hopefully give them the self-belief to take on similar opportunities.”

Tutors from Rathbone Training will also be delivering the training to the young people as part of their qualification.

Duncan Nicholson, Corporate Partnership Manager for Rathbone Training added: “We’re delighted to be working with the National Deaf Children’s Society, supporting another high profile national charity doing such great work with young people and helping them to maximise the opportunities available to them through the apprenticeship levy.”
“As a well-established charitable training provider whose legacy started with pioneering work of philanthropist Elfrida Rathbone over 100 years ago we have a unique breadth of knowledge and experience in supporting young people into work that is of real value to organisations such as the National Deaf Children’s Society.”

Rathbone Training is part of NCG, one of the UK’s leading education and training providers, which aims to support its clients to unlock potential through learning. The organisation has a team of Corporate Account staff to help employers understand how to maximise their levy funds, improve their businesses and increase staff productivity.

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The National Deaf Children’s Society also has a range of resources for employers who are interested in taking on a deaf apprenticeship which can be accessed online HERE.