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Employing people with a learning disability

Find out how employers can work with Mencap to provide opportunities to people with learning disabilities and how doing so can benefit your business. 

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How employers can help

There are lots of ways employers can work with Mencap to support people with learning disabilities into work.

Work experience placements

We are always looking to work with employers who can provide work experience to learners on our supported internships and other programmes like our Employ Me programmes working in schools. 


Employment guidance and advice

Besides offering work experience, employers can also support people on our programmes by offering:

  • Opportunities to visit work sites
  • Opportunities to hear from employees about their work and sector
  • Support to prepare for interviews.

Organisations can also raise funds for Mencap. Visit our corporate partnerships page to learn more or contact corporate fundraising.

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How Mencap supports employers

In-work support

For employers that offer work experience to learners on our programmes, Mencap can provide in-work support through our caseworkers and job coaches who support learners to understand and complete workplace tasks and can work with employers' teams to ensure any required reasonable adjustments are made and they are equipped to support the learner. 

Employers offering work experience can also benefit from our learning disability awareness training.

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Employer resources

You can also check out our range of useful fact sheets for employers that have been designed to help employers understand how they can best support people with learning disabilities to access and succeed in the world of work. 

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Why work with Mencap and people with learning disabilities?

Hardworking and reliable employees

Many people with learning disabilities are fit to work and can be just as productive and effective as anyone else. 

People with a learning disability can also be dedicated and loyal employees, reducing staff turnover, while having them in the team can improve staff morale.

Research also suggests that positive public reactions to organisations that employ people with learning disabilities can lead to an increase in business. 

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Find out how your business can work with Mencap to support people with learning disabilities

Email our Employer Engagement team to discuss work experience and other employer engagement activities.

Alternatively, if you would like to find out how your business could support Mencap through fundraising, please email our Corporate Fundraising team.

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