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.
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.
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