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ERIC Number: EJ780503
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 11
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 15
ISSN: ISSN-0040-0912
"Learning to Work" in Small Businesses: Learning and Training for Young Adults with Learning Disabilities
Ruggeri-Stevens, Geoff; Goodwin, Susan
Education & Training, v49 n8-9 p745-755 2007
Purpose: The paper alerts small business employers to new dictates of the Disability Discrimination Act (2005) as it applies to learning disabilities. Then the "Learning to Work" project featured in the paper offers small business employers a set of approaches and methods for the identification of a learning-disabled young adult candidate's training needs. Design/methodology/approach: Interviews were carried out with 12 of the 52 companies in which the Breakaway-supported employment service, operating from the Southdown Housing Association, has so far secured employment for people with learning disabilities. Findings: Comments from employers in the survey represented predominantly very favourable experiences with the learning-disabled individuals, mixed with some reservations about their need for additional training time, and their relative inflexibility in response to change of work routines. Research limitations/implications: The investigation was confined to SMEs in Sussex. As they stand, the methods could be used in different business sectors, but further research is planned on elicitation of candidates' personal constructs, resource modelling, and continuous training cycles. Originality/value: Recognised supported employment models were used but significantly adapted. Some methods used in the paper were new. (Contains 5 figures. Questionnaire A: a short questionnaire on learning disability and supported employment is appended.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom