People with a learning disability have the same right to work as everyone else, but they find it much harder to get a job.
Many employers are reluctant to take on someone with a learning disability because they do not know enough about the benefits, or how to get the right support.
- Mencap believes that people with a learning disability make highly valued employees when given the right support.
We believe the government should encourage more employers to take on people with a learning disability. And we think public bodies like local authorities should lead the way by employing more people with a learning disability.
What we are doing
We are advising the government on employing people with a learning disability
We are lobbying the government to encourage more employers to take on people with a learning disability.
We are keen to employ a wide-range of people within our company. We have found that diversity brings a positive effect on our workforce, as well as providing a true reflection of our customer base. People with learning disabilities are valued members of our business.
Mark Barrett, Head of UK Human Resources, Body Shop
Advice for employers
Find out about good practice in employing people with a learning disability from Mencap's guide 'I want to work'.
- Read more about helping people with a learning disability to work in public bodies in the Mencap publication 'Valued in Public'. You can also order Mencap's 'WorkRight for local authorities' DVD by emailling firstname.lastname@example.org