Supported employment

If you have a learning disability and want to increase the ability to find a job and keep it, then the Supported Employment Service may be able to help. 

Supported employment:

  • supports people with disabilities in regards to ongoing employment (paid and voluntary)
  • assists with job seeking, obtaining and maintaining employment
  • assists with inductions, work reviews and agreed regular contact support for the employee and the employer
  • provides support where appropriate to explore Access to Work applications for funding to support job coaches, use of technology, specialised equipment and travel arrangements
  • provides advice and guidance around accessing and contacting JobCentre Plus and the Department of Work and Pensions advisors to get the correct advice about the impact of paid work on your benefits
  • provides employers and work colleagues with understanding of different disabilities and communication approaches. Ongoing employer support through agreed contact sessions and adhoc situations they may require support with.

If you are looking for employment please contact the Adult Learning Disability Team on 01234 276762.

They can give you an assessment, and if you are eligible then you can be referred to the Supported Employment Service.

Supported employment aims and objectives

  • Support people in a wide range of employment settings.
  • Raise awareness among employers of the employment needs of people with disabilities and the positive contributions they can make to the workplace.
  • Create the right opportunities for personal development and career progression.
  • Provide vocational guidance and advice. 
  • Contact and negotiate with employers on your behalf.
  • Establish paid work opportunities and work experience/volunteering.
  • Provide on site training for the role and assistance with learning work tasks.
  • Monitor placements – gathering and sharing feedback from you and your employer.
  • Support your career progression.

For employers

If you are an employer exploring offering employment opportunities and want to discuss the support that can be provided to you and your team please contact Supported Employment on 01234 718030.

Hear from our service users and their employers

Alex talking about her job  

Alex's manager talking about employing Alex

Natalie talking about her job 

 Natalie's manager talking about employing Natalie