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.

    Click here to find out more about supported internships.

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

    Traineeships

    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.

    See our traineeships guide for people with a learning disability here, or guide for employers here.

    Apprenticeships

    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, contact our helpline on 0808 808 1111. If you are an employer interested in running this programme, we also have a leaflet you can download here.

    How our support makes a difference

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

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    Employment services FAQs

    Read the answers to your frequently asked questions about our employment services

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    Our funders

    We work with various organisations who support us through funding opportunities for our employment services. 

    Take a look at our funders and find out how they support us.

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    Employers we work with

    Find out more about some of the employers we're working with.

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    Families’ experiences

    "When my son went to the job centre I phoned before he went and informed them that he has a disability. They then made an appointment for him to see a specialist advisor, and I stayed throughout. The help is there, but you may have to ask for it!"

    Read the whole conversation in FamilyHub - our online community for parents, carers and families. 

    Go to FamilyHub

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