This week we look at people with learning disabilities who work, what they face every day and when they look for a job. Let’s have a look at statistics from Mencap (Mencap is the leading voice of learning disability)
Mencap says that Men with learning disability are more likely to work, as 6.4% men are in paid employment compared to 5.3% women with learning disability know to their local authority.
There is not much current data on the proportion of all adults with this disability mencap says. Past studies also show that 17% of all working age people with learning disability have a paid job. The study from 2008 shows that:
Mencap says “We don’t think the employment situation for people with learning disabilities has changed since there pieces of research were undertaken’’
Let’s have a look at what do people with learning disabilities face and what are the barriers for getting a job.
Mencap offers useful resources for employees outlining benefits of having an inclusive workforce. To find out more visit https://www.mencap.org.uk
Apprenticeships are a valued route in to employment, but less than 1% of apprentices declared a moderate learning disability in 2014/153. This is even though young people with a mild or moderate learning disability could and should benefit from an Apprenticeship.
HR news says that: ‘’Following a taskforce in 2016, led by Paul Maynard, which examined the issues faced by people with disabilities to access apprenticeships, the government is now pressing ahead to implement all the recommendations.’’