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As one of the UK’s largest mental health and learning disabilities Trusts we aspire to ensure we promote employment opportunities for people with lived experience across our organisation.

To offer the Trust and our staff the best opportunity to support people with learning disabilities into secure employment we have partnered with Ways into Work.  

Who are Ways into Work

Ways into work is a not for profit organisation and is locally funded by Hampshire County Council as Individual Placement and Support Specialists (IPS). They provide a comprehensive placement service, working closely with potential employers and the individuals seeking employment.

How it Works 
This isn't about creating specially designed roles for individuals with learning disabilities, it is about supporting organisations to fill roles that have stood vacant for a while or are hard to recruit and retain.  Ways into Work will work with us to review job descriptions and ‘carve’ a role that could be suitable for one of their clients. Carving means taking a job description and focusing on specific elements in the role that both suit the candidate and deliver your service needs. They will then work with the recruiting manager to appoint the right person and continue to work with both parties throughout the persons employment; there is no time limit for this support.

View the video
Transition Manager Debbie Burnett from Ways into Work recently sat down with Liz Skeats, our Strategic Business Partner, to discuss our new partnership and how staff can get involved. 

What to do next
Ways into Work have a list of candidates who are currently seeking employment. They have all received training and coaching and are now looking to find a role suitable for them. It is important to note that not everyone will be looking for full-time work; some candidates are looking for very few hours initially. 

If you would like to know more please contact the HR Contact Centre (023 8047 5160), who will redirect you to your Workforce Business Partner and they can support you in taking your first steps.
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