Some apprentices are happy to be open about their disability, learning difficulty or health condition because they had support at school. The application process should give you an early opportunity to do this. The training provider or employer will usually have an Equal Opportunities form where you can mention your disability. This form is separate from your main application. It can be used to let the Human Resources (HR) department know about any support you might need in a job interview. When you apply for a vacancy through the National Apprenticeship Service website, there is a question in the About You section which asks if there is anything they can do to support your interview. It gives examples such as providing a signer, information in Braille or another person to come with you. There is also a Monitoring Information section which asks ‘Do you consider yourself to have a disability?’ and ‘Do you have any other health problems?’. In both cases, you can choose to answer ‘Yes’, ‘No’ or ‘Prefer not to say’. This information is not passed to employers and will not be used as part of the selection process.
Under the Equality Act 2010, all colleges, training providers and employers have a duty to give equal treatment to disabled people. They also have to make changes called ‘reasonable adjustments’ to help you access the training and the workplace. If you don’t tell them you’re disabled, it can be harder to complain if they don’t treat you fairly.