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Learning Disability Week- Scotland

Learning Disability Week

Mencap message for Learning Disability Week is to urge employers to consider the benefits of employing people with additional needs. There are benefits for both the person with a learning disability and also for the organisation in which they work. A young worker Research carried out by Mencap has indicated there are a number of barriers, which make it harder for people with a learning disability to find, and stay in work. These include negative attitudes and low expectations towards people with a learning disability from employers, managers and colleagues; skills and qualifications gaps, lack of flexible, personalised employment programmes and unfair treatment and discrimination in the workplace. The week aims to highlight and remove the barriers faced by people with a learning disability to ensure they enjoy the same quality of life as the population as a whole. According to research carried out by Mencap, nearly 1 in 3 of 18-35-year-olds with a learning disability spend less than 1 hour a day outside their homes and currently 8 in 10 working-age people have a mild or moderate learning disability. However, fewer than 2 in 10 are in employment, with less than 6% in paid employment. We want to help change that.


Sixth Sense Training takes pride in being open and accessible to the needs of the employers and the employees. Therefore, we aim to match each employee with the perfect business, allowing both to thrive. Our partnership with assistive technology specialists, Concept Northern, has made this a reality. Concept Northern continually support people with disabilities and learning difficulties in employment, education and privately. Learning Disability Week- Concept Northern If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of employing a team member with a learning disability, including boosting staff morale, financial costs and improving the public image of your company by demonstrating a commitment to diversity and inclusivity in the workplace, then contact Sixth Sense Training. To recruit individuals with learning disabilities and to find out what job opportunities are available in your area visit www.sixthsense-training.com for further information.
Additionally, visit Mencap’s website to see if you can make a difference- Mencap employers’ resources [online] at: https://www.mencap.org.uk/learning-disability-explained/resources-employers Mencap Learning Disability Week resources [online] at:https://www.mencap.org.uk/get-involved/learning-disability-week-2017

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Access To Work

At Sixth Sense Training we take great pride in championing getting young people with disabilities in to a modern apprenticeship. We work closely with our partners Concept Northern to help remove the barriers to work. Concept Northern specialise in supporting people with disabilities and learning difficulties in employment, education and privately.  Together our assessors work with the Concept Northern team to ensure those with additional needs, from autism to dyslexia, are provided with all the skills, mentoring and technology to successfully complete a Modern Apprenticeship.

ATW assessments and reasonable adjustments for Inclusion

Access to Work is a publicly funded support programme that aims to help more disabled people start or stay in work. It can provide practical and financial support for people who have a disability or long-term physical or mental health condition. Support can be provided where someone needs help, adaptations or implementing reasonable adjustments.

An Access to Work grant can pay for practical support if you have a disability, health or mental health condition to help you:

  • start working
  • stay in work
  • move into self-employment or start a business

As an Open Doors Consortium partner Concept Northern can offer an In Work Support Package which is tailored to your needs. Open Doors Consortium support is provided by specialist third sector organisations and is available to people throughout Scotland, where their employer considers additional support is required to sustain employment.

The in work support will be tailored to the needs of the individual and offers specialist employer services, which can include:

  • Access to Work application
  • Mentoring
  • Job coaching
  • Training
  • Orientation visits
  • Staff training
  • Help towards essential equipment or work clothes
  • Health and safety support
  • Personal social development

How can Access to Work help me as an employer?

Access To Work can help you:

  • hire disabled people with the skills you need
  • retain an employee who develops a disability or long-term condition (keeping their valuable skills and saving both time and money recruiting a replacement)
  • show that you value and will support your employees by having good employment policies and practices.

Access To Work can help your employee:

Your employee can get help paying for support they may need because of their disability or long-term health condition, for example:

  •  aid and equipment in the workplace
  • adapting equipment to make it easier for them to use
  • communication support at interviews
  • a wide variety of support workers, and
  • the Mental Health Support Service
  • other practical help at work, such as a job coach or a sign-language interpreter

To find out more about how Concept Northern can help with Access To Work, download their guide or email [email protected]

Click to download their Access To Work guide

Contribution by Chris Barrance, Concept Northern