Training and employment services in NI


Find out more about the training and employment services available for people with a learning disability in Northern Ireland.  

Pathway to success

The Pathway to success project helps people with a learning disability of working age to find suitable work opportunities, whether paid or voluntary, and to develop their employability.

It assists each person to explore their options, provides work skills training and works with the individual, employers, families and others to remove barriers to work for each individual.  Find out more about Pathway to success.


Transitions services

Mencap's Transitions services can support school leavers through working with them in groups, or through work experience placements with on-site support. Young people are encouraged to think about their career choices and further education needs.

Working in partnership with schools and colleges across Northern Ireland, Mencap's Transitions services provide additional learning support and practical experience to complement the students' vocational course work. Find out more about transitions services.

Mencap employment service helped me find this job and now I feel proud to be a valued member of the team.

 

Job clubs

Mencap and the Further Education College aim to help young people and adults with a learning difficulty and/or disability to find and retain employment or progress to further learning. Job clubs are run in partnership with some further education colleges - they offer trainees a variety of activities to help find employment. Find out more about job clubs.


Workable (NI)

As a Workable (NI) provider, Mencap, in partnership with Action Mental Health, supports people with a learning disability across Northern Ireland to sustain paid employment in a wide variety of jobs over 16 hours per week.  

Under Workable (NI), Mencap works closely with both the employer and employees to achieve this. It is funded by the Department for Employment and Learning. Find out more about Workable (NI).


Steps to Work

Steps to Work (StW) is a new and innovative approach aimed at helping people to find work. Participation on Steps to Work will be a mandatory requirement for all Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) claimants aged between 18 and 24 who have been claiming JSA for six months, and for all JSA claimants aged between 25 and 59 who have been claiming JSA for 18 months. Find out more about Steps to Work.


Pathway to success

Mencap's Pathway to success programme is an employment service available in Northern Ireland. 

Transitions services

Mencap's Transition services are designed to introduce young people who have a learning disability or learning difficulties to the world of work.

Job clubs

The Job club is another employment service offered by Mencap in Northern Ireland. 

Workable (NI)

Workable (NI) is a government initiative.