Giles Delamare

Students with special needs can flourish in a workplace

With the right support, a learning disability need not hold anyone back from becoming an asset to a business

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The UK currently has a record employment rate of about 75 per cent – that equates to 32 million people with jobs. However, the number of people with a learning disability who are in paid employment is just 6.4 per cent – fewer than 10,000 people.

This is shocking statistic, particularly when you consider the £330 million a year being spent on further education for people with a wide range of learning disabilities.

Where are things going wrong? Careers education for children with special needs is sadly severely limited. Many will go from school (special or mainstream) on to college, but then ...

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