Many companies work with Mencap to offer work experience and opportunities to people with a learning disability

Through our supported internships and other programmes like our supported employment services in London, we work with a wide range of different companies across lots of different sectors to provide work experience and other opportunities for people with learning disabilities and autism . Employers can offer anything from a short work experience placement through to paid employment

We provide a high level of education to employers about the needs of people we work with, as well as on-the-job support to make sure work placements are a success. 

What employers say about working with Mencap

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"The supported internship learner we took on is now like a different person. Not only are they fully integrated and now a paid member of the team, they have made my team more mindful, protective and mature." 

- Depot General Manager , Evri. 

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"We have had 10 work placements since we started working with Mencap 20 months ago. We have hired some of these people who we would not have otherwise identified through our usual recruitment processes. Mencap's skill coaches ensure the right level of support is provided to the learner and employer and every one of our colleagues involved has grown and learnt from the partnership." 

- Training Manager, Wincanton.

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"Our intern has grown so much, from a nervous, shy young man, to a confident growing young professional. The growth in his demeanour, abilities and all-round general approach to being in a work environment is inspirational. His team are chuffed to bits and as he continues to grow, he will be an even better asset for us." 

- Manager, Whitemoor Lakes. 

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"Mencap were really patient with all our questions and provided answers to all of them. It's also really great to be able to feed back to Mencap about what the learners learn about when they're in the classroom with their Mencap tutors and what we think it would be beneficial for them to work on." 

- General Manager, Delfont Mackintosh. 

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"We have gained valuable support around the store and have been lucky enough to recruit some great colleagues via the [supported internship] programme." 

- Retail employer from our 2023 employer survey .

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"This gave our employees the opportunity to help train the intern, which helped them to understand their own roles better and has increased communication within the workforce, leading to better working and productivity." 

- Healthcare employer from our 2023 employer survey.

Other employers we work with

As well as Evri, Wincanton, Whitemoor Lakes, and Delfont Mackintosh Theatres, we also work with many other employers across a range of sectors, including:

  • Greene King
  • Mitie Foundation
  • Kier
  • Bella Italia
  • Midlands Arts Centre
  • Sanctuary Care.
Logos from Greene King, Mitie Foundation, Kier, Bella Italia, Sanctuary Care and Midlands Art Centre
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Interviews with our employer partners

Natalie previously completed one of our supported internships and now works for Mencap. A keen writer, Natalie likes to interview employers we work with like The Financial Times, Delfont Mackintosh and Evri. Read her articles to find out more about how we work with employers. 

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Are you an employer interested in working with us?

If you would like to know more about how Mencap works with employers to support people with a learning disability and autism into employment, and to explore working with us, please get in touch.

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