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Career Opportunities with Disadvantage Awareness


The national learning disability and mental health charity, United Response, is joining forces with five European partners to raise awareness about the skills and abilities of adults with learning disabilities and so make it easier for people to access work and training.


With the levels of adults with learning disabilities entering training and employment remaining low across Europe, the CODA project (Career Opportunities with Disadvantage Awareness) aims to provide people with a set of accessible online tools they can use to showcase their skills and abilities.

Led by United Response and funded by the European Union, CODA is a joint initiative with partners ESTA and IB, in Germany, MISCODE, in Portugal, EIfEL, in France and EUROTraining in Bulgaria.

Su Sayer, Chief Executive of United Response said:

"For many people with learning disabilities a lack of formal qualifications and work experience can often make it difficult for them to prove their skills on paper.

"Through the CODA project we want to encourage employers and trainers to look beyond traditional recruitment practices in order to recognise the talents and abilities that many people with learning disabilities have.

"This is a very exciting project and one which will benefit people not only in the UK but across Europe."

The CODA project (Career Opportunities with Disadvantage Awareness) is a two year project, funded by a grant of €299,402 (£268,927) from the Leonardo Transfer of Innovation Programme, part of the EU Lifelong Learning Programme.


For more information please contact Sarah Bartlett or Jaime Gill in the United Response Press Office on

020 8246 5237/ 020 8246 5122

or email

 (this press release: http://www.unitedresponse.org.uk/press/coda-press-release.htm)

Project Description


Lead Partner: United Response UK

Partners: Miscode Portugal; EURO-training Bulgaria; European Institute for e-Learning (EIfEL); ESTA Bildungswerk Germany; Internationaler Bund e.V. Germany


Project Summary


Men and women with learning disabilities experience lower than average access to vocational training and entry into employment. Major contributing factors are low expectations and a lack of understanding among agencies and employers of the skills and competencies that an adult with a learning disability can offer. This is exacerbated by poor access to appropriate training and preparation for employment, and significantly, the opportunity to showcase an individual’s key competencies. The CODA project aims to endorse and display the abilities and achievements of learning disabled adults to support them into training and work. It will do this by promoting and disseminating the Digital Career Portfolio (DCP); a product based on an in-house model developed by United Response to display person centred information and competencies. It will be constructed using accessible communications so not to exclude the learning disabled owner and will be hosted on a secure, dedicated web portal. It will be available to employers, agencies and trainers who can access and view a learning disabled person’s key competencies, informal, non formal and formal learning including work experience, thus giving them the opportunity to accurately assess the potential of the candidate across a range of competencies and soft skills.


The consortium comprises United Response (UK) as applicant co-ordinator with experience of care and employment placements for adults with learning disabilities and accessible communications. ESTA (Germany) will lead on design and deliver training modules for the DCP, alongside IB, their implementation partner. MISCODE (Portugal) will lead on the technical construction of the DCP, web portal and hosting of the training modules. EURO Training (Bulgaria) will lead on the pilot phase; testing the products with target and beneficiary groups. EIfEL, France is the dissemination partner focusing on the e-Portfolio sector ensuring Europe wide dissemination. Each partner will adapt the CODA products to match specific country needs.


Tangible outcomes comprise construction of the DCP, web portal and training modules, in partners’ languages, tested through target and beneficiary pilots to ensure the final product is informed by their input. The DCP will help more men and women with learning disabilities into training and work. Agencies and employers can accurately assess competencies of learning disabled candidates. Care staff receive additional training to help learning disabled clients to complete the DCP and support into training or employment. Overall impact will enable adults with learning disabilities in partner countries and Europe to achieve increased skills training, employment, enhanced self confidence leading to community, financial and social inclusion.




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