Employment, Training and Volunteering

We believe that more disabled people can and should be able to work with the right support.

Make a Referral

14 + 2 =

Bromley Mencap’s Education and Employment Service provides training and support for disabled people to secure paid employment opportunities. The Service was specially designed and developed to meet the needs of both job seekers and employers.  Since its launch in June 1993, we have secured over a thousand jobs for disabled people in a wide range of occupational areas.  You can read about two of our success stories here (Tom and Daniel).

Our Education and Employment service offers one or more of the following to disabled jobseekers:

  • Assessments to determine strengths and support requirements
  • An agreed Action Plan for working towards job goals
  • Weekly Job Clubs
  • Training workshops
  • Opportunities to do work experience placements or voluntary work
  • One to one job search sessions with an Education and Employment Consultant
  • Interview practice
  • Support at interviews
  • A Job Coach to work alongside until the new recruit can work independently.
  • Work preparation training before going into a job
  • Personal development training to improve confidence

Disabled people face many barriers when trying to access the labour market, more than those without a disability. There is a general assumption that disabled people are less likely to achieve or sustain paid employment. Some of the most significant barriers faced by people with a disability include a lack of appropriate in-work support, low confidence and self-esteem, poor employment opportunities, and direct and indirect discrimination including negative attitudes of employers. Achieving paid employment not only brings disabled people financial independence, but it can be key to building confidence and self-esteem, increasing health and well-being, and helping them gain friendships and a social life. There are also benefits for the economy, employers, families, the local community and wider society.

Supported employment is a model used to support people with learning disabilities to secure and retain paid employment. This model is achieved through vocational profiling, engaging with employers and job matching, and these activities are carried out by a professional employment support advisor.  Once an appropriate offer of employment has been achieved, an ‘in-work support’ development plan is agreed upon by the employer and employee and supported by the job coach.  The type of support and level of intervention agreed will depend on the individual needs of the disabled person and their employer.  The philosophy of supported employment is that everyone can work, with the right job and the right support.

 

Bromley Well Employment Advice Service

Our staff offer support to people with learning disabilities, people with physical disabilities, and people with long term health conditions to find volunteering, work placements and employment. Part of Bromley Well.

Need to know

Workshops to assist with finding a job or accessing volunteering opportunities.

One to one advice & meetings with an advisor.

Assistance with CV writing and job applications.

 

Employment training for adults with complex needs

Join our Step Forward employment training programme that supports adults with complex needs. We provide initial training towards education, volunteering and paid employment.

Need to know

Weekly workshops held at the Astley Centre, Bromley.

Topics include healthy living, keeping safe, employer expectations, employment support and being employed.

Training to help you move forward into work.

Employability training for 16 to 24 year olds

Bromley Mencap supports young people in South East London to learn the skills they need to move into paid work, as part of the Employ Me London programme.

Need to know

For people aged 16-24 with learning disability, learning difficulty or autism not already in education, employment, or training.

Skills training, employment workshops, work experience and other activities.

Open to young people in Bromley, Bexley, Greenwich and Lewisham.

Supported Internships

Support for students with learning disabilities, including those with complex needs, to source internship placements. This is delivered in partnership with London South East Colleges at Bromley College and Bexley College.

Need to know

Providing support to help a young person move from college into employment.

Sourcing placements in line with the interests of students.

Recent placements include retail, admin, child care, maintenance, libraries, supermarkets, catering and horticulture.

Job Coaching

Job coaching support for disabled people in the borough of Bromley and surrounding areas. Help with retaining secured paid employment.

Need to know

Provision of a trained job coach to support with any employment matters.

Additional support for job related issues – eg. performance or redundancy.

Application for support via Department for Work and Pensions Access to Work funding.

Pathways to Employment

From June 2021 to October 2022 Bromley Mencap are supporting young disabled people to get into work via a tailored pre-employment support package.  Open to young people in Bromley.

Need to know

For disabled people aged 16-25 who are not already employed.

Employability and skills training and visits to different employment venues.

A work experience placement in your area of interest.

Vocational training

Training to provide disabled adults with the skills they need to move on to paid employment in three key areas – horticulture, catering, and cycle maintenance.

Need to know

Opportunities to learn new skills to help support employment.

A mix of classroom learning and practical work.

Training held at The Lodge community hub in Norman Park, Bromley.