Australian apprentices and trainees with intellectual or learning disabilities: Graduate social and economic outcomes
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Background Persons with intellectual disabilities (ID) experiencesocial and economic exclusion. Australian apprenticeships andtraineeships are work-based vocational training programs inthe traditional trades, services, and industries and have beenidentified as very beneficial for people with disabilities as theycombine education and training with work and are intrinsicallya form of employment. Work-based training is particularly aptfor persons with ID, who may have difficulties in transferringknowledge obtained in one setting, for example a classroom, toanother setting. Few studies have examined graduate outcomes,particularly over time, and accounted for both social and economicoutcomes. Method This presentation draws on a largerthree-year longitudinal study into social and economic outcomesfor apprenticeship and traineeship graduates with disabilities.It presents graduate social inclusion outcomes from thefirst two waves among apprentices and trainees with intellectualor learning disabilities (n=175). Results In the first wave, 140(83.4%) were in paid employment and the main source ofincome was from wages for 108 (68.2%) of participants. Onaverage, participants worked just over 32 hours a week and werepaid AUD 17.83 an hour or AUD 577 a week. Fifty-nine per centof participants were members of at least one community club orgroup. Among participants in employment, 60 (44%) indicatedthat they participated in social events at work while 77 (55%)stated they had met people they know through work sociallyoutside working hours in the preceding month. The presentationwill also outline outcomes from the second wave which willallow some insight into the sustainability of social and economicoutcomes identified in the first wave. Conclusions The social andeconomic outcomes identified in the study suggest that there aresignificant benefits for people with intellectual and learningdisabilities who undertake and complete apprenticeships andtraineeships.
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