Learning Disability Week 2017

Learning Disability Week

Mencap is using this year’s Learning Disability Week (19-25 June) to urge employers to think about the benefits of employing people with a learning disability – both for the person with a learning disability and also for the organisation in which they work.

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.

Here at Sixth Sense Training we pride ourselves on being open and accessible to the needs of the employers and the candidate’s personal circumstances. 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.

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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