HC Deb 11 May 1995 vol 259 cc604-5W
Mr. Battle

To ask the Secretary of State for Employment what training and information disability employment advisers and special needs careers advisers receive to enable them to advise people with epilepsy accurately about employment and training. [22843]

Miss Widdecombe

The training provided by the Employment Service for disability employment advisers covers a wide range of disabilities, including epilepsy. From July this year, the training will be enhanced. Training will continue to include information about specific disabilities such as epilepsy, and DEAs will be actively encouraged to develop expertise in dealing with specific disability groups.

The additional skills, knowledge and attitudes required of careers officers dealing with young people with special needs are included in the post graduate diploma in careers guidance. Careers officers must hold this or an equivalent qualification.

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