Around 6% of people with a learning disability are in paid employment, despite more than 60% wanting to and being able to be in work.

If you're an employer, you could help someone take their first steps on the road to securing a job. 

If you're interested in providing an accessible work placement for someone with a learning disability, please read the answers to your frequently asked questions and get in touch.

Why should I offer work experience to people with a learning disability?

60% of people with a learning disability want to be in work.

There are lots of reasons why people with a learning disability can face major challenges to finding paid work. Some of the ways we can overcome these include:

  • increasing understanding about learning disability among employers
  • creating opportunities for people to learn new skills in a real work environment
  • raising awareness that people with a learning disability can and do make great employees through our campaigning work.

We want this to change. More than just a job, being in paid work enables people to live more independent lives and be more involved in the decisions that affect them.

How can my company help?

We want to see a world where people with a learning disability being in work is the norm.

We know from experience that by giving employers first-hand experience of the benefits of working alongside a person with a learning disability, the barriers start to come down.

If your organisation is interested in finding out more, please contact the Helpline so we can set up an initial conversation.

Perhaps you're an employer and you want to tell us how great it is to have employees with a learning disability?

We want to hear your stories this November.

#LDWorkWeek

How can I find out more?

If you'd like to know more please call the helpline on 0808 808 1111.

Alternatively please email -

For placements in the north of the UK please contact Zoey Purdy.

For placements in south of the UK please contact Paul Winter.

What support can you offer my company?

If you call the helpline, we can talk this through with you. We don’t expect you to do anything that you’re not comfortable with. Mencap can offer Learning Disability Awareness training to teams/companies and will find out as much as possible about your company and the potential opportunities to ensure we can match the right person to the right opportunity.

We can provide staff support to help the person on a placement to learn their role so there is no additional burden on the employer.

What is Learning Disability Work Week?

The aim of the week is to show that people with a learning disability make great employees!

We want you to share your stories about people with a learning disability and work. Are you a person with a learning disability who has a job or a member of staff that has supported someone with a learning disability to find work? Maybe you’ve done work experience and it’s really helped you to feel more confident or perhaps you are an employer and you want to tell us how great it is to have employees with a learning disability? We want to hear your stories.

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I’m interested in offering a placement, but not during Learning Disability Work Week?

The week itself is about raising awareness about providing work experience opportunities for people with a learning disability.

The aim of the week is to show that people with a learning disability make great employees!

A placement can occur at any time throughout the year.

 

Does a placement have to be a week long?

No. We ask for a minimum commitment of a week from employers but we want the placements to work for all concerned. Many people with a learning disability won’t want a full time placement, so it could be a set number of hours during a week or a slightly longer placement over a few weeks according to circumstances of the person and the employer.

Unless the placement was to form part of a study programme we would not expect placements to last more than a few weeks at most.

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Find out more about the benefits of employing people with a learning disability

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