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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 3 rd 2007 skills and employability

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

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

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

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

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

The ‘education effect’


How do disabled graduates do

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

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 guidance should

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

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?)


South london lldd area strategy group may 3 rd 2007 skills and employability

What positive characteristics should be included in developing employment initiatives?


Skill national bureau for students with disabilities

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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