Workable (NI) is a government initiative. If an individual has a learning disability then Mencap staff can provide specialist support to the employee and employer, to ensure that the individual develops to their full potential and sustains long term employment.
A Workable (NI) job must be for at least 16 hours a week or be at least the minimum wage, and must provide opportunities for employees to gain job skills, develop their full potential and progress into unsupported employment where possible.
The job must be expected to last at least six months and must be based in Northern Ireland.
There is a range of support available through Workable (NI) designed to meet an individual's needs and the needs of their employer. The Mencap Workable (NI) programme can, depending on the needs of the individual and employer:
- offer intensive specialist support particularly in the early stages of employment
- provide access to advice and guidance on and off site
- cover the cost of specific training identified for the employee to assist them in work above what the employer would normally offer
- support the employee to move into unsupported employment where this is possible
- provide additional support for an employee - where disability affects their ability to carry out their work - to help retain their employment