Mencap's Pathway to success programme is an employment service available in Northern Ireland. The aim of Mencap's Pathway programme is to connect people with a learning disability to the labour market using a person-centred approach.
Each trainee will have their own appointed employment officer who will work with them to develop an individual training plan. This plan will form the basis of the programme of support and will help the trainee to achieve their training and employment goals.
Each trainee's programme of support may include a mix of the following elements as appropriate for the individual:
- skills analysis
- job profiling
- job matching
- job sampling
- vocational advice and guidance
- benefits advice and better off calculation
- work skills training
- interview skills training
- job search activities
- support to develop independent work skills
- support to develop independent travel skills
Mencap staff will closely monitor and review all work placements on a regular basis. They will also work closely with employers to ensure natural work supports are in place.
In addition to this, we will canvas employers and negotiate to increase employment opportunities for trainees. We can also provide structured learning disability awareness and equality training for employers and their staff.
A person will normally be eligible for Pathway to success if they:
- are 16 years old or over
- have a learning disability
- want to work
- are available for work
- are willing to travel to work
- live in an area where we provide Pathway to success.
Mencap's Pathway to Success project across Northern Ireland receives funding from the European Social Fund, the Department for Employment and Learning, Health and Social Care Trusts and some regional colleges.