We work with a range of different companies to support people with a learning disability to progress towards and ideally into paid work. Companies can offer anything from a short work experience placement through to paid employment.
We provide a high level of education to employers about our client group as well as on-the-job support, so there is little or no additional support required of the employer.
We've helped to organise accessible work placements in all kinds of industries, including TV, catering, sport, healthcare, charities and even Parliament.
Read below to to hear what the employers thought about working with someone who has a learning disability.
Law practice Cleary Gottlieb have had great success offering placements to people with a learning disability.
“We have had an absolutely brilliant experience all round with Nick and Rita themselves, and both Jon and Matt at Mencap who delivered our awareness training. Due to the success of our first placements we will be lining up 6 more.”
EMCOR UK are the UK's leading facilities management company.
“We engaged with Mencap to carry out work trials with four of their clients which has ultimately resulted in them joining EMCOR UK. Kehinde, Sam, Simon and Sandra proved themselves to be great team members and carry out their tasks competently and to a good standard.
"Mencap has helped us every step of the way, supporting their clients, advising us on reasonable adjustments and we continue to work collaboratively with them to source more great people. We are very much looking forward to welcoming another Mencap client to our team.”
Oddfellows Public House
Oddfellows is a pub and restaurant in Nottinghamshire.
“We were pleased to be approached by Mencap, as supporting Learning Disability Work Week is something that we had wanted to do in the past.
We offered four placements - two front of house and two back of house, which offer a true experience of what it’s like working in the hospitality sector. We also received learning disability awareness training from Mencap, which helped us to understand how best to support the young people involved in our placements.”
“We have been placing Royal Mencap candidates with us and have found the candidates to be very hard working and honest. Our Mencap adviser Jon has sent over three CVs for Learning Disability Work Week in November, and we will take all three on for work experience with us.”
NHS England is taking concrete action to increase employment opportunities for people with a learning disability across the NHS, and has offered work experience placements in business support at its main London office.
“Learning Disability Work Week is a timely opportunity for health organisations to take the first steps towards employing people with a learning disability, and to get help to do so.”
“We're committed to raising the employment rate for people with learning disabilities, which at 7% is much too low. Because of the high unemployment rate, most people with learning disabilities don't have a competitive CV.
Work experience gives people the chance to show what they can do, to find out what work is like, and to get one step closer to their goal of a paid job.”
Wellcome is a global charitable foundation that supports great ideas that improve health for everyone, in accordance with the wishes of their founder, the medical entrepreneur Sir Henry Wellcome.
“Wellcome recently joined Inclusive Employers. We understand that diversity, and an inclusive culture open to ideas and input from the widest possible group of people are vital for us to be effective in what we do.
We are proud to support Mencap’s employment aims because we recognise the huge potential of people with a learning disability and that, with the right support, they can have a big impact on life at their organisations.”
Leonard Cheshire Disability is the UK’s leading charity supporting disabled people. Every year, they support thousands of people in the UK and around the world with physical and learning disabilities to fulfil their potential and live the lives they choose.
“From experience we know that placing individuals into work experience placements often proves to be the vital stepping stone towards paid employment for those we support.”
Houses of Parliament
Parliament took part in Mencap’s Learning Disability Work Experience Week 2016, and over the past few years they have facilitated several work experience placements for people with a learning disability.
4Talent have increased the amount of disabled people that engage with Channel 4’s entry-level work schemes by ring-fencing some of their work experience placements and apprenticeships for people with a disability.
They have also partnered with Mencap to celebrate Learning Disability Work Experience Week, by offering a placement to a Mencap client within their Human Resources department.
Leeds United Football Club is a professional association football club in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.
“We are delighted to be offering Mencap some work experience placements within our stadium and support the students with their dreams and aspirations.”
“We were happy to offer two placements within our store and hope that both participants go on to showcase the skills that they have learnt on placements with us.”
The Camden Society
The Camden Society has been delivering supported employment services for people with learning disabilities in London for 30 years.
"We work closely with employers to find suitable job matches for our clients and to provide advice and training on inclusive recruitment and employment practices. Work placements are often the perfect first step into work as they allow people to demonstrate their practical skills and gain experience of a real life working environment."
Down's Syndrome Association
The Down’s Syndrome Association’s WorkFit service turns the ‘supported employment’ concept on its head, finding the right employment opportunities for the right people, with the right level of support.
“Our approach is based on developing sustainable and suitable opportunities for our jobseekers with a learning disability, through long term partnerships with employers who are enjoying the considerable benefits of tapping into a diverse and motivated talent pool.”
Kids adVentures is a social enterprise led group of childcare nurseries that specialise in providing small and friendly home from home childcare. Employee owned, Kids adVentures aims to work with whole families to provide opportunities to improve health and wellbeing.
“Promoting equality and diversity and offering opportunity for all is at the heart of Kids adVentures and therefore when we were given the chance to work with Mencap we did not hesitate.”
Land Securities own many shopping sites across the country, including some of the largest and most well known ones such as Trinity Leeds, Bluewater in Kent, and Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth. A Mencap charity partner from 2014 - 2017, Land Securities helped Mencap raise funds, trained their employees to be learning disability aware, and provided sustainable employment for 25 people with a learning disability through their Looking Beyond The Label campaign.
“We usually work with schools and young children for work experience. However when Jon contacted us about Royal Mencap being interested in working with us we couldn’t turn down the opportunity.
This will be our first time working with Royal Mencap so we are all excited and looking forward to the candidate coming in and gaining some experience and learning new skills.”
NHS East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group
“There are a number of people with a learning disability working in the Clinical Commissioning Group who help to make decisions about the services people receive. Other roles include administration, commissioning, finance, PR/Communications, Quality and Patient Safety.”
Vanquis Bank is the leading provider of credit cards to people in the non-standard credit market.
“Vanquis is committed to becoming a learning disabilities inclusive employer. Through our partnership with Mencap we are aware of the challenges people with learning disabilities face gaining employment. We are pleased to support Learning Disability Work Week, and our involvement in the event was a positive experience, not just for the young person involved but for our employees as well.”
The Vassall Centre is one of the most accessible buildings in Bristol, it has 23 tenants and a busy conference centre. VC Conferences (the landlords) employ A Clean Sweep, a co-operative with some of their members being supported by Mencap, to clean the conference centre rooms, offices and communal areas. The Centre also has The Vassall Café, which is run by Brandon Trust and offers paid employment and training to people with a learning disability and autism.
We've also worked with the following organisations in the past to provide work placements for people with a learning disability:
Find out more about the benefits of employing people with a learning disability