What we do

Supporting people with a learning disability into work, every step of the way.

Being employed is about more than earning money. It’s about feeling valued, independent and fulfilled. We’re doing everything we can to make this possible for more people with a learning disability.

How we help: The Three Ships

Mencap’s employment services support people with a learning disability to develop the skills and confidence needed to get a job. We offer three programmes which help to achieve this goal: supported internships, traineeships and apprenticeships. Together, these are The Three Ships – read on to find out more.

Supported internships

Mencap’s supported internships programme is called Interns And Outcomes. This programme supports young people with a learning disability or autism, aged 16 – 24 years old, to make the important step from education into employment.

Find out more about supported internships on our Interns and outcomes page.

See how this programme makes a real difference by watching Patrick’s story.


Mencap’s Traineeship Programme supports young people with a learning disability or autism, aged 19 – 24 years old, to develop the skills and experience needed to move into paid work or an apprenticeship.

To find out more about traineeships, get in touch with our helpline.


Mencap’s apprenticeship programme is called MAP your future. This programme supports people with a learning disability or autism aged 16 and above to progress into paid work

Apprentices benefit from valuable experience in a real work environment as well as improved English and maths skills.

To find out more about apprenticeships, get in touch with our helpline.

How our support makes a difference

Watch our video to find out how we can support you to find a paid job

Access all areas

Mencap believes that apprenticeships should be available to people with a learning disability.

Our latest report, Access all areas, makes some recommendations which we believe will improve access to apprenticeships.

Our recommendations are based on findings from a series of workshops we held between January and March 2019. We are now looking to Government to implement these.

You can read the full version of the report by clicking below, as well as this easy read version.

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Find out more

Find out more about our employment service by visiting the following webpages:

Employment service FAQs

We answer your frequently asked questions about employment
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Employment services – our funders

Find out about the various organisations that we work with who support us through funding opportunities for our employment services. 
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Employers we work with

Find out about some of the employers that have supported work experience placements for people with learning disabilities.
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