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Salient employability skills for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Singapore: the perspectives of job developers

Scheef, AR; Walker, ZM; Barrio, BL; (2019) Salient employability skills for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Singapore: the perspectives of job developers. International Journal of Developmental Disabilities , 65 (1) pp. 1-9. 10.1080/20473869.2017.1335479. Green open access

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Abstract

Objective: In order to increase employment opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs), professionals are tasked with designing and implementing job training services to youth preparing to enter the job market. Having a better understanding of desirable employability skills aids in allowing professionals to develop programs that will target the needs of those who make decisions relating to human resources. Methods: This study features a qualitative research design to identify employability skills that individuals with IDDs in Singapore should possess to be successful in the workplace. Job developers were interviewed to identify and explore desirable employability skills. Results: Results from interviews suggest that soft skills, such as attitude, dependability, stamina, flexibility, and communication are valued over skills that are more job-specific technical skills. Conclusion: These findings highlight the importance including instruction in these skill areas when training youth with IDDs to find and maintain employment.

Type: Article
Title: Salient employability skills for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Singapore: the perspectives of job developers
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/20473869.2017.1335479
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/20473869.2017.1335479
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Intellectual disability, developmental disability, employment, job training, Singapore, employability, interview, qualitative
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Psychology and Human Development
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10068138
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