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The Learning Society and people with learning difficulties$
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Sheila Riddell

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9781861342232

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861342232.001.0001

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Access to the open labour market by people with learning difficulties

Access to the open labour market by people with learning difficulties

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(p.85) Five Access to the open labour market by people with learning difficulties
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The Learning Society and people with learning difficulties
Author(s):

Sheila Riddell

Stephen Baron

Alastair Wilson

Publisher:
Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861342232.003.0005

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

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