Apprenticeship toolkit

Designing for inclusivity and accessibility

Inclusivity and accessibility are key considerations for providers creating and delivering programmes of learning. The two are connected but slightly different.

Inclusivity ensures fair provision for all regardless of gender, race or other categorisation, while accessibility aims to remove the barriers that often exist for apprentices with disabilities and learning difficulties. Providers have a legal responsibility to address both, but removing barriers makes for a better experience for all apprentices.

It is best to work as a whole organisation when reviewing inclusivity and accessibility. Questions you should ask are:

  • What is good practice? Is this occurring on the ground in our organisation? How can we improve further?
  • Does our staff training cover digital inclusivity and assistive technologies?
  • Does our learning platform provide problems or solutions? – see our featured post on accessible learning platforms
  • Do we have IT and BYOD (bring your own device) policies that enable our apprentices to make the adjustments they need?
  • Are we addressing inclusivity and accessibility in our forward planning for learning, assessment and feedback?