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South London LLDD Area Strategy Group May 3 rd 2007 Skills and Employability. Barbara Waters Chief Executive Skill: National Bureau for Students with Disabilities. What learners tell us they want to do. Further study

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South London LLDD Area Strategy Group May 3rd 2007Skills and Employability

Barbara Waters

Chief Executive

Skill: National Bureau for Students with Disabilities


What learners tell us they want to do

  • Further study

  • To work, including work experience, self employment, volunteering and work place learning

  • Higher education


Employment opportunities

  • Although increased since 1998 still a big gap between opportunities for those not declaring any disability and those with a disability

  • 50% disabled people economically inactive

  • 33% of employers think there is risk or extra costs in employing a disabled person


Are there employment sectors which are more inclusive?

  • Public sector

  • Voluntary sector

  • Large multi site employers

  • Employers with recruitment difficulties

  • Employers with public equal opportunities policies (eg Employers Forum members)

  • Teaching


What about gateways and barriers?

  • For every £1 spent on Access to Work, £1.48 is recouped by the Exchequer

  • New Deal for Disabled people: most common adjustment is flexible working patterns

  • Lack of education qualifications is stronger barrier to work for disabled people than non-disabled


The ‘education effect’


How do disabled graduates do?

  • 62.2% enter graduate level employment compared with 62.9% of non disabled graduates

  • There are differences according to disability

  • Those with mental health difficulties and sensory impairments find it harder to get graduate jobs

    (AGCAS survey 2006)


How do further education disabled students progress?

  • Positive correlation between Additional Learning Support provision and achievement rates

  • 89% of learners receiving ALS completed course

  • 84 % sector average of non disabled

  • 82% disabled learners with no ALS

    (02/03 figures, Harrison and Fletcher 2006)


Information, advice and guidanceshould -

  • Be accurate up to date and well informed

  • Include area labour market information

  • Adopt DDA/DES criteria of promotion and progression for disabled people

  • Be person centred looking at attributes of the individual

  • Not lower aspirations by ‘kindness’

  • Be well informed on ALS, DSA and Access to Work

  • Include role models and ambassadors


Learning for Living and Work, LSC strategy

  • Emphasis on work based learning

  • Providers need to show progression to work or supported employment

  • Development of regional strategy and move away from residential placements to consortium approach – centres of excellence

  • Be an exemplar (could this include its own employment practice?)


What positive characteristics should be included in developing employment initiatives?


Skill: National Bureau for Students with disabilities

Chapter House, 18-20 Crucifix Lane

London, SE1 3JW

Tel020 7450 0620

Skill Information Service

Tuesday 11.30am–1.30pm, Thursday 1.30–3.30pm

Websitewww.skill.org.uk

Email: [email protected]

Voice0800 328 5050

Text0800 068 2422

Fax020 7450 0650


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