Further Education and Employment
When you are at school or college, you are asked to start considering whether you want to go on to further or higher education, pursue an apprenticeship or look for a job. You may be able to access work experience placements and/or information and advice sessions from a trained advisor.
For young disabled people, this may be difficult due to a number of barriers such as:
- access to work experience
- appropriate information
- career advice
- attitudes of potential employers
Activity 1 – The future in terms of education or employment
Think about what ideas you have for the future in terms of education or employment. What sort of information and opportunities are available to you to explore options?
Consider how this might be different if you have a:
- Sensory impairment e.g. poor hearing, sight
- Physical disability
- Learning disability
- Or all three
Activity 2 – Barriers to education and employment facing disabled people
The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has produced a video on the barriers to employment facing disabled people. This explores disability and employment across the world. Watch the video: http://www.ilo.org/public/english/disability/countusin/main.html
Think about how many disabled people you see in workplaces in your local community.
Now, consider the barriers facing young disabled people in terms of finding employment. What ideas do you have to improve this?
Watch the following film of Dave, who talks about the barriers he has faced when accessing higher education and what he is doing now having left school.
Watch the following videos of Dr James Palfreman-Kay, Equality and Diversity Adviser at Bournemouth University, responding to questions about the key issues to consider for disabled people accessing higher and further education and the current higher education policies that are in place. In groups, discuss each of his answers.
Watch the interview with Lauren, Seen But Seldom Heard Poet, about where she is now. Consider her responses and think about what changes might be made to improve the experience of accessing Further and Higher Education. The second video clip is of Lauren’s performance of the song she wrote and recorded called ‘Better Place’.