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AGCAS launches the latest edition of What Happens Next? A report on the first destinations of 2015 disabled graduates

AGCAS has published the latest edition of What Happens Next? A report on the first destinations of 2015 disabled graduates. The report compares the employment outcomes of disabled and non-disabled university leavers six months after graduating. The latest report finds that disabled graduates are still at a disadvantage when entering the graduate labour market.

Key findings

When figures for higher degree graduates were compared with the previous year’s figures, the 'gap' in full-time employment had decreased. However, for first degree graduates it had increased, indicating perhaps that progress in this area has stagnated. 

At first degree level, graduates of all disability types were less likely to have obtained a permanent role than non-disabled graduates.

Disclosure of disability was higher at each qualification level than last year’s survey. 

Reassuringly there were generally minor differences (or even no difference) between the proportion of disabled graduates and non-disabled graduates in a professional position at each of the qualification levels.

Background to the report

What Happens Next? has been produced annually by AGCAS for 15 years and provides real evidence of the effect of a disability on a graduate’s prospects in the labour market. It is produced and written by members of the AGCAS Disability Task Group, which exists to help shape the careers and employability support available to disabled students in higher education through resource development, training and sharing of good practice.

Over the years these reports have unearthed that disabled graduates’ prospects in the labour market are better than previously thought. However, it still remains the case that graduates with disabilities are likely to be less successful in the labour market than their non-disabled peers. 

The Professional Association for disability and inclusivity practitioners (NADP) commented on the report: 

“NADP welcomes this report which highlights that there is much still to be done to reduce barriers for disabled graduates going on to employment. NADP remains totally committed to working towards disability equality throughout the student journey pre-entry to post-exit into employment (beyond first destinations). Collaboration between agencies with disabled people at the heart of all processes which impact on their lives and opportunities is clearly essential. NADP remains committed to collaborative working within a social model framework which seeks to identify and address barriers to employment and progression in joined-up and coherent ways.”

View the full report 

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Created on: 19 October 2017

Last updated: 23 October 2017

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