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.

    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.

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

    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, 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

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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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