When you are learning with us, we will help you to:

  • look at your options
  • choose a course or career that is right for you
  • search for jobs
  • prepare for employment with help creating a CV and mock interview training
  • choose and apply to university.

To find out more about Mencap’s commitment to giving people with a learning disability the right support to access and stay in work, read our employment vision statement (PDF).

Our careers programme

Mencap gives learners and the people we support lots of opportunities to get careers guidance throughout the work we do.

This includes visits from external speakers and opportunities to take part in work placements. If you are an employer or provider requiring more information please contact our named Careers Leader.

Our named Careers Leader is: Maggi Pugh maggi.pugh@mencap.org.uk

Learners/participants on our education and employability programmes can benefit from a range of the activities shown in our careers progression roadmap:



Click each of the headings below to find out more about the different stages of our careers programme.

Vocational profiling

Description: You will identify career goals and create targets using an Individualised Learning Plan (ILP).

Timing: Programme initial assessment

Available to: Supported internships, traineeships.

Work preparation

Description: Focused on developing skills needed in the world of work.

Timing: Weeks 1 to 4, then tailored into Individualised Learning Plan (ILP).

Available to: Supported internships, traineeships.

Work experience

Description: Learners experience a range of activities to prepare for work, including guest speakers, visits to workplaces and virtual interaction with employers.

Timing: Week 1 onwards.

Available: Supported internships, traineeships.

Work placements

Description: Minimum of one work placement with an employer.

Timing: Week 5 onwards.

Available: Supported internships, traineeships and apprenticeships.

Job coaching

Description: Providing support in the workplace so all needs are met.

Timing: Week 5 onwards.

Available: Supported internships, traineeships and apprenticeships.


Gatsby benchmarks

Mencap follow the Gatsby career benchmarks. These are mainly used as a robust framework for developing career guidance that is world class.

We recognise that effective careers guidance is the driving force to securing futures.

We want people with learning disabilities to fully understand the world of possibilities out there, make the most of their talents and create lasting employment outcomes.

We use the Compass tool to help us to audit our progress in meeting the Gatsby benchmarks. This is reviewed regularly.

Good Career Guidance | Education | Gatsby

More information about careers

Parents and learners who want to explore career options in more detail please click the heading below to reveal details of other organisations who provide useful services and information.

Details of other careers services

The National Careers Service

The National Careers Service website provides careers advice and information on a wide range of jobs, training course resources and funding.

Alternatively, call 0800 100 900 to speak to an adviser (8am to 10pm, 7 days a week). Calls are free from landlines and most mobile numbers.

Or chat with an adviser using webchat (8am to 10pm, 7 days a week).


The icould website is open to everyone and uses the power of personal stories to inform and inspire young people’s career choices.


Use the Prospects website to match skills and personality to over 400 job profiles.


The Start website includes tools such as job suitability profiling and an online record of achievement; as well as content including job profiles, apprenticeship vacancies and course information,


Careersbox is the national careers film library, a free careers resource showing hundreds of real people doing real jobs.

Labour Market Information (LMI)

For advice on salaries and sector growth, visit the Labour Market Information (LMI) website.

Office for National Statistics (ONS)

For information on local employment statistics, visit the Office for National Statistics (ONS) website.


UCAS services support young people making post-16 choices, as well as those applying for undergraduate and postgraduate courses


The Careerometer

Use the Careerometer to explore and compare key information about different jobs, to help you learn about different occupations and identify potential careers.

It provides access to a selection UK data relating to pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects for different occupations, as well as a description of the occupation.

Simply type in the title of the job you are interested in and the widget will give you some options where you can select the most relevant to you. You can then look up another two occupations and compare. You can also select ‘display the UK average’ and compare the information with the occupation you have selected.

Questions and feedback

Our advisors are available from 9am to 3pm, Monday to Friday. You can get in touch by:

Phoning 0808 808 1111 

Emailing helpline@mencap.org.uk

Completing this online contact form.

We are always keen to receive feedback on our careers programme from students, parents, carers and employers so please get in touch.

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