During the course of the project 17 dyslexic students were interviewed. These students were on industrial placement or returned from industrial placement, which is of one year duration. The industrial placement is paid employment that is undertaken between the second and third year of undergraduate study by many students in the UK. It was determined that, whilst some difficulties with written communication were experienced, there were other areas where students believed that their visualisation skills, often referred to as a visual way of thinking, were an asset in the workplace. Many of the students also felt that the workplace was more dyslexia friendly than university. However, six of the interviewed students were adamant that they would not apply for a position in a company where the recruitment procedure was to use verbal reasoning or numeracy testing. This was of some concern, many large employers use this form of assessment and therefore students who wish to avoid this have significantly reduced the number of companies to whom they can apply.
This paper will highlight student opinions through direct quotations and refer to a workshop that has been developed for dyslexic students who are seeking industrial placements or applying for graduate positions.
This will enable Loughborough University to be pro-active in this area, in supporting the needs of students with Specific Learning Difficulties, which is a legal requirement in the UK under the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Act 2001.
|Keywords:||Diversity, Dyslexia, Employability, Higher Education, Employers, Industrial Placement|
Progression Project Officer, The Engineering Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, The Mathematics Education Centre, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire, UK
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