Access To Work

At Sixth Sense Training we take great pride in championing getting young people with disabilities in to a modern apprenticeship. We work closely with our partners Concept Northern to help remove the barriers to work. Concept Northern specialise in supporting people with disabilities and learning difficulties in employment, education and privately.  Together our assessors work with the Concept Northern team to ensure those with additional needs, from autism to dyslexia, are provided with all the skills, mentoring and technology to successfully complete a Modern Apprenticeship.

ATW assessments and reasonable adjustments for Inclusion

Access to Work is a publicly funded support programme that aims to help more disabled people start or stay in work. It can provide practical and financial support for people who have a disability or long-term physical or mental health condition. Support can be provided where someone needs help, adaptations or implementing reasonable adjustments.

An Access to Work grant can pay for practical support if you have a disability, health or mental health condition to help you:

  • start working
  • stay in work
  • move into self-employment or start a business

As an Open Doors Consortium partner Concept Northern can offer an In Work Support Package which is tailored to your needs. Open Doors Consortium support is provided by specialist third sector organisations and is available to people throughout Scotland, where their employer considers additional support is required to sustain employment.

The in work support will be tailored to the needs of the individual and offers specialist employer services, which can include:

  • Access to Work application
  • Mentoring
  • Job coaching
  • Training
  • Orientation visits
  • Staff training
  • Help towards essential equipment or work clothes
  • Health and safety support
  • Personal social development

How can Access to Work help me as an employer?

Access To Work can help you:

  • hire disabled people with the skills you need
  • retain an employee who develops a disability or long-term condition (keeping their valuable skills and saving both time and money recruiting a replacement)
  • show that you value and will support your employees by having good employment policies and practices.

Access To Work can help your employee:

Your employee can get help paying for support they may need because of their disability or long-term health condition, for example:

  •  aid and equipment in the workplace
  • adapting equipment to make it easier for them to use
  • communication support at interviews
  • a wide variety of support workers, and
  • the Mental Health Support Service
  • other practical help at work, such as a job coach or a sign-language interpreter

To find out more about how Concept Northern can help with Access To Work, download their guide or email [email protected]

Click to download their Access To Work guide

Contribution by Chris Barrance, Concept Northern


#trendsetter Launch @SLF16

Our team was out in force last week at the SECC to promote our new #trendsetter programme. #trendsetter is a truly innovative modern apprenticeship that gives an apprentice the skills to become an accomplished social media and digital marketer, as well as learning vital IT skills such as WordPress and SEO. In an online world that is constantly evolving, don’t get left behind, become a #trendsetter. We had a great time meeting a range of businesses, teachers and educators, as well as lots of potential #trendsetters, and the programme was very well received by all. If you would like to become a #trendsetter, or you would like a #trendsetter in your business, our new brochure is available on our homepage. For more information please contact us below.


Photo Credit: Marilena Vlachopoulou

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Scottish Learning Festival Exhibition 16

[sg_popup id=”1″ event=”onload”][/sg_popup]Venue: SECC Glasgow
Dates: 21st-22nd September
Time: 9am-5pm Wednesday, 9am-4pm Thursday

We are delighted to announce that we will be exhibiting at the Scottish Learning Festival this year. On the 21st and 22nd of September, ourselves along with a huge number of organisations and businesses from Skills Development Scotland to Edinburgh Zoo (We hope they bring a panda!) will be at the Scottish Learning Festival at the SECC.

Many of our team members will be there to talk to potential apprentices, parents and employers about the benefits of a modern apprenticeship and the various career paths that open up when you #achieve your SVQ. As well as answering questions and live demonstrations of life as an apprentice we will be having giveaways and digital competitions. Come and visit us at stand A65, and get a coffee, a chat, and some other surprises.

#slf16 #trendsetter #achieve #myma

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Announcing our new #trendsetter program

The Digital Age

The average person now spends more time online than with TV and traditional media combined. So, how better than to promote your business where people are actually spending their time? Recent studies have shown that before approaching a local business, between 70 and 80% of consumers now research the company online to establish their credibility, This means that if you don’t have a contemporary, up to date web presence, your business is already behind the competition. Although many small business owners recognise the need to have a digital presence, many don’t have the time, knowledge or resources to effectively promote their company online.

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Why Now Is The Time To Take On An Apprentice…

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has published a report findings concluding only around 24% of small and medium-sized businesses currently employ an apprentice. Approximately 1,000,000 apprentices throughout the U.K. They believe now is the time to take on an apprentice.

A growing number of school leavers are now pursuing apprenticeships. In the academic year 2014-2015, the number of under 19s starting an apprenticeship increased by 5.1% on the previous year, and in 2013-2014 the number increased by 4.6%. This trend is expected to continue, as university fees increase, and graduate job opportunities are stagnant, and the prospect of university or college becomes less attractive to young people, good candidates are actively looking for new opportunities to begin their career.

Federation of Small Businesses Take on An Apprentice

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