Preparing young adults with disability for employment

Taylor, Brian J. and McGilloway, Sinéad and Donnelly, Michael (2004) Preparing young adults with disability for employment. Health and Social Care in the Community, 12 (3). pp. 93-101. ISSN 0966-0410

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Young people with disabilities are often excluded from the labour market. The present paper describes an evaluation of an innovative 2-year pilot initiative called Vocational Opportunities in Training for Employment (VOTE) implemented in Northern Ireland to provide employment training and support for vulnerable young adults with a wide range of disabilities. The principal aims of the study were to assess the impact of the new service in the extent to which: (1) it had created and developed training and employment opportunities for young people; and (2) promoted inclusive working partnerships. Documentary analysis was used as a basis for describing and assessing the project objectives in combination with face- to-face interviews with a small number of key stakeholders. A total of 122 young people participated in the initiative in the pilot period, during which time 160 qualifications were obtained. Key stakeholders expressed positive views about the initiative, and in particular, its therapeutic benefits and the extent of interagency working and shared learning. The VOTE initiative achieved considerable success in enabling a significant proportion of young adults to engage in society by developing social and employment skills, and by improving their employment opportunities and prospects. Factors critical to the continued success of this and similar initiatives include: the close involvement of parents; addressing the concerns of local employers; the sympathetic treatment of workplace issues; and effective partnership working.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: disability; employment; VOTE; young people;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
Item ID: 9299
Identification Number: 10.1111/j.0966-0410.2004.00472.x
Depositing User: Dr. Sinéad McGilloway
Date Deposited: 12 Mar 2018 17:54
Journal or Publication Title: Health and Social Care in the Community
Publisher: Wiley
Refereed: Yes

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