Are official statistics about young adults with disabilities graduating from mainstream vocational training institutions available?
Official statistics should be clear and reliable so that decision makers are able to identify the biggest needs in vocational training and job creation. This data can also be related to data about employment and job creation so that the biggest gaps in the vocational and employment systems are visible. We are looking for data relating to graduates from mainstream vocational training, not rehabilitation centers or similar. We are interested to know whether data exists about young adults with disabilities who graduate from mainstream vocational training centers together with their non disabled peers.
The availability of data also in regards to vocational training at mainstream institutions for young adults with disabilities seems to be rare: only 6 percent of respondents stated that in their respective country such official statistics are available. The vast majority, 74 percent, gave a red light – meaning such data does not exist. The available data often is only for internal use and not available for external stakeholders (Romania; Zimbabwe) or not collected on a national level (New Zealand). Eventhough data might be available to some extend, the figures are out of date since not collected on a regular basis (Guatemala; Canada; New Zealand). In Moldova data about youth with disabilities graduating from vocational training is available- but only for those graduating from special schools.