Colleges’ lack of disabled staff ‘is a great concern’

FE sector insists it is making progress in providing more employment opportunities

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Colleges view themselves as equal-opportunities employers who employ a wide range of people. But a report from the Scottish Funding Council (SFC), published last week, reveals that people with disabilities are seriously underrepresented among further education staff.

The SFC’s staffing data for 2016-17 shows that, of the 15,528 staff employed in FE colleges in 2016-17, 750 declared one or more disabilities. This equates to 5.2 per cent. Among the Scottish population, the proportion of people with a disability is 14.9 per cent.

“We would expect this figure to be considerably higher based on ...

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