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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-06860: Oliver Mundell (Dumfriesshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 3 February 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it is taking to ensure that people with dyslexia receive support through the Modern Apprenticeship framework.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 1 March 2017

The following activities are open to support young people with dyslexia:

Tailored employability routes, including pre-employment training, to prepare young people with learning difficulties for MA opportunities;

Enhanced funding contributions for all MA frameworks, up to and including the age of 29;

opportunity for providers to apply to a ASN Discretionary Fund, which allows tailored support measures to be put in place for those with learning difficulties, as well as support in accessing Access to Work Funds;

Working directly with the Open Doors Consortium In-Work Support initiative, to offer tailored support to individuals who require support to sustain their employment.

Support specifically designed for young people with dyslexia includes:-

Through the Equality Challenge Fund (ECF), Concept Northern established an SCQF Award (Assistive Technology Associate), designed specifically to help young people with dyslexia progress into an MA;

Concept Northern also used the ECF to support ten young people with dyslexia to successfully progress into MA opportunities.