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To gain, retain and retrain: the role of post-school education for people with a disability

Cain, Polidano, Ha, Vu,

Published Literature

2011

Helping people with disability participate in the labour market is one way to enhance their economic and social well-being. However, low levels of education among people with disability generally can hinder their participation. Using data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia survey, this study looks at the role of vocational education and training (VET) qualifications not just in labour market outcomes for people with disability but in improving their working conditions. Whether post-school qualifications lessen the impact of disability onset is also examined. Completing a VET qualification is found to improve the rates of full-time employment in the longer term for those previously out of work or working part-time. With this comes greater financial independence.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : NCVER

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Community and civic participation, Economic participation, Health and wellbeing, Social relationships

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