Learning Disability Today
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Apprentices with learning disabilities start new jobs in Oxford café

This week 4 young people with learning disabilities will begin new jobs as apprentices at the Oxford café of local charity Yellow Submarine. The apprentices – Darren, Hannah, Anthony and Ian – will work part-time at the café for the next 18 months as they learn their roles. Throughout their apprenticeships they will be paid a weekly wage. While nationally the numbers of new apprentices has risen significantly over the past decade, a government-commissioned report published last year found that the percentage of new apprentices with autism or severe learning disabilities is just 0.1%. One of the main barriers for


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