Apprenticeships allow individuals to gain practical skills and knowledge while working in real jobs, setting a strong foundation for their careers in the tech sector. Apprenticeships are open to school leavers or existing employees within an organisation. In order to undertake an Apprenticeship you must be supported by an Employer.
6 to 8 hours / week
Why study Digital Accessibility?
This occupation is found in multiple industries, regardless of the specific industry sector accessibility will always be a consideration. The broad purpose of the occupation is to provide advice on accessibility best practice, helping organisations (externally and internally) to meet organisational, national and international accessibility standards and collaborate to ensure an inclusive user experience and compliance with relevant legislation.
The key activities that Digital Accessibility Specialist graduates perform include:
Performing website and documentaudits
Reporting on their audit findings, and developing solutions that align with company policies, standards, and dynamic coding
Enhance your employability
Linked in Profile review alumni access, networking, and interview opportunities. Development of wider skills via our monthly Newsletter and events. We will provide pastoral support to ensure you are developing all the relevant behaviours such as communication, problem solving, emotional intelligence and growth mindset.
The ideal candidate will be selected by the employer based on their pre-requisites and screening process.
Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment. For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL.
The tools a student needs are as followed:
A working laptop running Windows 10 or more, MacOS or any major distribution of Linux.
A working microphone and video camera.
A stable internet connection.
Chromebooks, tablets and phones are not conducive to undertaking the sessions.
The characteristics and categories of disabilities (including temporary, situational and permanent disabilities) and how these affect individuals.
Commonly used accessibility guidelines (for example the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, EN301549 and Section508), methods to implement and achieve conformance and how these assist users with disabilities.
How accessibility is managed and integrated within an enterprise environment including policies, and reasonable adjustments.
How to utilise productivity suites ensuring output is accessible and advising on the implementation of accessibility features and content.
The implications and effect on users with disabilities, and UK businesses of international disability legislation (including Equality Act 2010, Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) No. 2 Accessibility Regulations 2018 and Accessible Canada Act C81 2018).
How to present using relevant technologies and aids in a manner that communicates the information (including a business case) to the chosen target audience, and understand the key facts and figures relating to accessibility.
The process to set-up, moderate and conduct activities relating to hosting workshops including moderation usability testing, user research testing and end-user testing.
How mobile applications are developed using appropriate development applications and the basics of the languages used.
The fundamentals of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), including the purpose, application and utilisation of WCAG in a variety of situations (for example web, mobile, desktop applications).
The basic principles of project management (including project life cycle methodologies), and how accessibility considerations are integrated.
The accessibility considerations when designing and developing an application's user experience using related standards and guidelines including ISO9241 Ergonomics of human-system interaction, The Principles of Universal Design by the Centre for Universal Design and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines to create an inclusive design.
How to use assistive technologies (both digital and physical), their use-cases and functionality, degrees of complexity (hi-tech, low-tech and no-tech).
How assistive technologies interact with other digital technologies.
The principles and application of testing methodologies to accessibility criteria and assistive technologies, and the impact of accessibility findings (including test documentation).
How to construct a business report (for example document layout and contents).
The purpose and importance of reasonable adjustments, and how these are managed.
Best practices regarding digital security including General Data Protection Regulations 2018, how these are applied to an organisation and the factors which can result in these being effective and how these can be mitigated.
The security considerations relating to the installation and utilisation of assistive technologies, how these tools may be misidentified by common security practices and the methods to mitigate such security constraints.
How to communicate through different mediums, including tailoring communications to different user groups.
How to use incident management tools, triage incidents and appropriately communicate with assistive technology users.
How to audit digital applications (including web and mobile applications) against digital assistive technologies including screen readers, screen magnifiers, speech to text and literacy aids.
The preparation and processes required to conduct training with a variety of user groups for example project managers, web designers, developers, end users and line management.
How accessibility fits into the wider digital landscape, including current/future applicable regulatory requirements, and case law in the area of discriminating against employees with a disability.
How to use data ethically and the implications for wider society, with respect to the use of data, automation and artificial intelligence.
Apprenticeships are funded based on employer Wage Bills. There are two types of employers and funding is based on the employer category you fall under:
A Levy employer with a pay bill of more than £3 million is required to pay the Apprenticeship Levy. Funds can be managed using the Apprenticeship service and spent towards training and assessing Apprentices. The government will apply a 10% top-up to the funds you have in your account.
Maximum funding from the government is capped at £16,000 for the Digital Accessibility Specialist Level 4 Apprenticeship.