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S5W-14891: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 27 February 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how many modern apprentices have learning disabilities, and what percentage of modern apprenticeships this represents.

Answered by: Jamie Hepburn 13 March 2018

Skills Development Scotland collects information on disability as part of the initial registration of a Modern Apprentice. Disclosure of disability is self- declared by Modern Apprentices through their response to a disability monitoring question which asks if individuals have impairment, health condition or learning difficulty. This is aligned to the question wording recommended by the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU) after extensive consultation with disability partners, modern apprentices, training providers and employers.

Skills Development Scotland also asks the question: ‘Do you have a social/communication impairment such as a speech and language impairment or Asperger’s syndrome/other autistic spectrum disorder, or cognitive impairment, which would include individuals with learning disability.

In 2016-2017 the number of Modern Apprentices self-declaring a learning disability was 92, which is 0.4% of the total Modern Apprenticeship starts for that year.

In addition 1,098 of the 2016-17 Modern Apprenticeship starts self-declared a learning difficulty such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or ADHD which is 4.3% of the total Modern Apprenticeship starts for that year.

Skills Development Scotland will publish 2017-18 Modern Apprenticeship Quarter 4 Statistics in June 2018.