Apprenticeships and traineeships combine training with work. Apprentices and trainees complete a qualification and learn skills whilst at work. Apprenticeships and traineeships can be full-time, part-time or school-based.
Training organisations are required to make reasonable adjustments by adapting their training delivery methods or services to ensure equity, full access to, and participation in training for people with disability.
To ensure the best learning outcomes for apprentices with disability, support is best arranged at the start of employment and should be included in the training plan. The Queensland Government training website provides a range of information on resources, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and disability support.
Support may include:
- sign language interpreters
- specialist support personnel e.g. note-takers, scribes.
Adaptive equipment may also be available, including:
- large computer monitors, joystick controls or switch controls
- software programs which could include magnification, screen reading or voice recognition
- specialised furniture and keyboards
- training in assistive/adaptive equipment or software for staff and students.
An apprentice with disability should be treated the same as any other employee. Unfair treatment may constitute discrimination, sexual harassment, victimisation or vilification.