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Advancing equality and diversity in universities and colleges


Grantham College

Advancing equality for disabled learners in workplace learning

Keywords: Apprenticeships and traineeships, Disability, Engaging employers

Region: East Midlands region

Aims

The aim of the project was to address the underrepresentation and stereotyping of disabled learners in the workplace, particularly in traineeships and apprenticeships.

Outcomes

The project adopted a multifaceted approach, working collaboratively to:

  • increase opportunities for disabled learners
  • make progression pathways clear to both learners and employers
  • challenge perceptions of potential learners and employers – enabling positive attitudes
  • increase the number of employers who would consider employing a trainee or apprentice
  • demonstrate to employers how they can make their recruitment practices more inclusive

Working with Jobcentre Plus, Linkage College, Work Based Learning Alliance, South Kesteven District Council (SKDC), as well as learners and employers, resources were developed to address underrepresentation in the workplace for those with disabilities.

The project team engaged and worked with employers and SKDC to identify and promote effective and inclusive recruitment practices. Guidelines for employers have been produced with input from learners.

Resources

Project team

Main contact: Alison Fox: afox@grantham.ac.uk