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Mapping the employability landscape

Scotland’s learning disability strategy, The keys to life, seeks to improve the quality of life for people with learning disabilities so that they live longer healthier lives, participate fully in all aspects of society and prosper as individuals. Enabling people with learning disabilities to work is critical to achieving that vision. The Scottish Government and SCLD have commissioned a scoping exercise through the University of Glasgow TERU and Cambridge Policy Consultants to map the employability landscape for people with learning disabilities in Scotland.

This report details the findings, and includes conclusions and specific recommendations for a variety of stakeholders. Four key employability related action areas have been identified. They include the need to:

  • Overcome the low expectations held by parents, schools, colleges and employers.
  • Gather data more effectively, investing funding where people with a learning disability in Scotland secure both employment and support to develop in that job.
  • Use this data to invest in post-school funding into services that can deliver employment outcomes of 50% as detailed in the report.
  • Recruit and train Job Coaches that can support people with a learning disability into employment and throughout their careers. Recognising Job Coaching as a profession that has quality standards that are monitored nationally.

Download the full report here.

Download our summary of the report here: Key Findings

Event launch presentation slides: Presentation slides

Easy read version of the report: Easy read report

An audio version of our easy read report is available here: Audio summary

Read articles written by Stephen Naysmith in The Herald here:

Placing our trust in people with learning disabilities

People with learning disabilities shut out of jobs, says report

To find out more about the report or if you have any questions, please contact SCLD by calling 0141 248 3733 or via email at