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Careers South West

Overcoming barriers faced by young people with LDD on entry to FE sectors

Keywords: Apprenticeships and traineeships, Disability, Enabling careers advisers

Region: South West region


This project aimed to explore the barriers and constraints faced by young people with learning difficulties and disabilities (LDD) on entry to the further education sector, and the impact of these challenges on young people’s decisions and progression. In the long-term, the project aimed to increase the uptake in FE by LDD learners.


The outcomes of this project included:

Web pages were developed with sections for young people, parents/carers and professionals. Content includes quotes, advice, film footage and case studies from the research participants.

A mechanism and format has been agreed to enable the final results and findings to be embedded in an internal equality and diversity training programme. This will enable findings to be disseminated to staff working with clients with LDD across the whole FE sector and to other sectors and professionals working within the LDD field.



Project team

Main contact: Larry Cole: