Policy and Research Update: November 2024

By: Dr Deborah Leveroy

November update

Response to the Public Services Committee inquiry: The transition from education to employment for young disabled people.

This month we’re sharing our response to the Public Services Committee inquiry: The transition from education to employment for young disabled people by:

Dr Christine Grant, Associate Professor, Research Centre for Healthcare & Communities, Coventry University, Dr Carlo Tramontano, Assistant Professor, GLEA, Coventry University, Dr Emma Russell, Reader, University of Sussex, Dr Deborah Leveroy, Head of Consultancy & Research, neurobox.

 

The enquiry:

neurobox along with our research partners at the Universities of Coventry and Sussex were invited to give evidence to the House of Lords Public Services Committee’s Call for Evidence: Transition from education to employment for young disabled people.

The inquiry is examining young disabled people’s experiences of the transition from education to employment. This will include career and employment support and advice young disabled people receive throughout this transition; how far public services demonstrate best practice on employing young disabled people; support for employers; and enforcement of the rights of young disabled people in the workplace.

Topics the Committee is exploring include:

  • The support available for young disabled people and how effectively education systems provide careers advice, guidance and support to meet the needs and career aspirations of young disabled people.
  • The accessibility of careers in public services to young disabled people when they are first entering the job market: the Committee will ask for examples of good and poor practice in recruitment.
  • How effective are government programmes which support or encourage employers to employ disabled people, particularly young disabled people? Does this differ by condition or disability? How could they be improved?
  • How effectively are the rights of disabled people upheld and enforced in the workplace? What barriers do young disabled people face in accessing the support (including legal support) that they need and are entitled to? How could enforcement mechanisms be improved?

The first evidence session of this inquiry was held on 7 June 2023: https://committees.parliament.uk/oralevidence/13290/pdf/

neurobox’s response included the following points:

  • There is a need for greater awareness amongst colleges, universities and career guidance staff about Access to Work. Students might have utilized the Disabled Student Allowance, but there is no/little awareness of Access to Work (AtW) as the workplace equivalent.
  • job seekers do not always know about Access to Work, and that it can be utilised when they are applying for roles. Even if people are aware of Access to Work then by the time an applicant has gone through the process, they are already several months down the line and have potentially already lost out on employment due to lack of support.
  • While employment practices are improving, many organisations rely on Access to Work as a way of outsourcing their disability provision without attempting to change their own workplace practices and policies accordingly.
  • Waiting times for diagnostic services are placing additional barriers to young people’s access to employment. Employers need support to understand that their duty to provide adjustments is not dependent on the individual having a formal diagnosis of a health condition or disability.

We look forward to reading the full report, published in 2024.

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About the author

Dr Deborah Leveroy
Head of Consultancy & Research

Dr. Deborah Leveroy is Neurodiversity and Inclusion Lead at neurobox. She works with organisations to advance neuro-inclusion strategy and practice. Deborah has a PhD in Dyslexia, inclusion and performer training from the University of Kent.

Her research is published by Routledge in peer-reviewed journals and edited collections. Current research interests include Neuroinclusive return to work practices and remote working. Previous roles include Disability Advisor for Remploy’s BBC workplace adjustment contract, Strategy Coach and Workplace Needs Assessor for PAM occupational health and Study Skills Tutor for several DSA providers.

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