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Access to the open labour market by people with learning difficulties

Sheila Riddell, Stephen Baron and Alastair Wilson

in The Learning Society and people with learning difficulties

Published by Policy Press

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9781861342232
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303886 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861342232.003.0005
Access to the open labour market by people with learning difficulties

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This chapter considers the position of people with learning difficulties in relation to the open labour market. It notes that access to employment is critical to the achievement of social inclusion and access to lifelong learning, since, in addition to the financial benefits of working, many people derive their social networks from their workplace. The chapter also concentrates on the minority of individuals within our case study sample who were employed, with or without support, within the open labour market, exploring the barriers they had encountered, the circumstances that supported their ability to work, and the unintended consequences of these support mechanisms.

Keywords: learning difficulties; open labour market; social inclusion; lifelong learning; social networks

Chapter.  7713 words. 

Subjects: Social Stratification, Inequality, and Mobility

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