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.
In order 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.
Debbie Burnett, Transition Manager from Ways into Work, sat down with Liz Skeats, our Strategic Business Partner, to discuss our new partnership.
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.
It isn't about creating roles designed especially 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 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. Ways into Work then work with the recruiting manager to appoint the right person and continue to work with both parties throughout the person’s employment.
Ways into Work have a list of candidates who are currently seeking employment. These candidates 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.