• Mencap Traineeship

    A Traineeship is an education and training programme with work experience designed for young people (19 -24) who are motivated to work but lack the skills, experience and behaviours sought by employers. Therefore a traineeship programme is designed to support young people to develop the skills and experience they need to secure either an apprenticeship or other sustainable employment. Traineeships are government funded and regulated by Ofsted and Mencap is an approved provider to provide traineeship programmes specifically designed to enable young people who have a learning disability gain the skills and experience they need to become valued employees. The completion of a Traineeship is not a stand-alone destination for a young person but a preparation for an apprenticeship or other sustainable employment. Who is it for: Young adults with a learning disability between the ages 19-25. (Provided they start before their 25th birthday and have an Educational Health Care plan in place if above the age of 24). Adults who are NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training). Individuals who have little or no work experience. Individuals who are interested in gaining either paid work, further education or an apprenticeship.

    Contact for further details:
    Contact phone number: 07422074095

    Day: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
    Time: Subject to nature of referral. A Mencap traineeship is tailored to the individuals needs, therefore set times can change for each trainee programme, this is also subject to venue space availability. Trainee programmes will require individuals to be able to contribute around 20-25 hours a week to the programme, which is spread over a 4-5 day-a-week basis.
    Frequency: Weekly
    Cost: Free

    Professional Referral: Yes
    Self Referral: Yes
    Accessible for disabled people: Yes
    Accessible for people with language needs: Yes

    About the host organisation

    Hosted by: Royal Mencap Society
    Organisation Profile:

    Our mission

    Mencap’s mission is to transform society’s attitudes to learning disability and improve the quality of life of people with a learning disability and their families.

    Our big plan is divided into 6 priorities. These are the areas of life we want to have the biggest impact on, the areas where there is the most need to see change for the better. They are:

    •reducing stigma and discrimination
    •early intervention
    •making a difference, here and now
    •supporting friendships and relationships
    •improving health

    We run a tailored employment and skills 13 week programme for individuals with learning disabilities who are:

    - Not in employment, education or training.
    - Between the age of 19-24, providing individuals at the age of 24 have an EHC (Educational Health Care plan).
    - Have little or no experience within employment
    - Are interested in seeking and securing employment
    - Are qualified below a level 3.

    The programme aims to support individuals gain the necessary skills for employment, whilst also developing trainees maths and english skills to a functional level. On a Mencap Traineeship, trainees can also access travel training support and in-work support in the workplace.

    Charity Number: 222377