What is a traineeship?

A traineeship is a skills development programme aimed at helping a person move onto an apprenticeship or into paid work.

Traineeships include at least 70 hours of work experience in a real workplace.

Who is a traineeship for?

You need to:

  • be aged 19 to 24 (but you don’t need to have an Education, Health and Care Plan)
  • have no qualifications above level 3
  • have a learning disability, learning difficulty or autism
  • want to find a job or move onto an apprenticeship.

This programme is available in Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire.

We have plans to start programmes in Summer 2021 in: 

  • Bristol
  • Peterborough
  • Somerset
  • Warwickshire
  • London.

What will I have to do?

A traineeship is a flexible programme between 6 weeks and 12 months (Mencap’s is typically 13 to 16 weeks).

You will do a work placement in a real workplace. For this you will spend 70 hours in the workplace, doing work you are interested in. We will arrange this for you.

We will also help you develop your English, maths and ICT skills.

After the programme, we will help you look for a job or find another programme to help you move on.

Mencap can also provide a job coach to help with learning on the job.

How do I take part?

If you are interested in this programme, please fill in this online form and we will contact you when we have an opportunity to offer.

Or you can contact Hiba Momen by emailing hiba.momen@mencap.org.uk.

How to take part

Contact us if you'd like to take part in a traineeship and we will let you know what opportunities are available to you.

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Why is this programme important?

We believe that all people with a learning disability have the right to work. We also believe that most people with a learning disability can work if they have the right support and the right opportunities.

We have been supporting people with a learning disability into work for more than 45 years and with this programme we think we will be able to help more.

Over the next 3 years we hope to expand this programme to as many parts of the country as possible.

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