Access of young people with disabilities to vocational training and employment

Abstract

Every year in Germany a large group of young people with disabilities does not achieve graduation, even those who graduate face difficulties in entering the labor market. There is a wide range of possibilities and support systems available for these young people to help them get into vocational training programs. These programs are expected to increase their chances for eventual employment. Until now, their importance for young people with disabilities have not been documented systematically. The aim of this study is to provide an overview of the various ways of access for young people with disabilities into vocational training within the different Federal States of Germany – which should ultimately lead to a greater potential for employment.

For this research project four main topics were considered:

  • Documentation and analysis of the data sources about the access for young people with disabilities within the different Federal States in Germany
  • Summary and evaluation of scientific findings about different access possibilities for young people with disabilities into vocational training and their later chances for employment
  • Review of operational standards and conditions for the vocational training of young people with disabilities
  • Derivation of recommendations of action for the national policy

Project Management

Prof. Dr. Dr. Mathilde Niehaus; Prof. Dr. Thomas Kaul

Sponsor

Federal ministry of education and research

Duration

01.01.2010 – 30.09.2010

Research assistants

Frank Menzel (Social Scientist), Dennis Klinkhammer (Social Scientist), Lene Friedrich-Gaertner, M.Sc.

Contact

Prof. Dr. Mathilde Niehaus
Unit of Labour and Vocational Rehabilitation
University of Cologne
Herbert-Lewin-Strasse 2
D-50931 Cologne (Köln)
Tel: 0049- 221 470 4955
Fax: 0049- 221 470 7722
E-Mail: arbeit-reha@uni-koeln.de