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People with a learning disability can make great employees! Generally, they have lower sickness levels and stay in entry level jobs longer so can save employers money on recruitment. Many employers also report that their staff team morale increases as a result of working with their colleagues with a learning disability. It will also help to ensure your company to be compliant with the Equality Act 2010 and to be part of the government’s Disability Confident campaign.
By welcoming candidates with a learning disability, you will be accessing a part of the workforce that you are unlikely to have reached before. You are more likely to recruit the right person to the right job if you are not excluding
Positive reasons to employ someone with a learning disability:
Your customer base will appreciate the efforts you are making to be an
equal opportunities employer.
Your organisation will be more representative of the community.
Your staff will overcome any misconceptions about learning disability by getting to know a colleague with a learning disability.
Your staff are likely to respond well to a more diverse team, particularly if they are given the chance to ‘buddy’ or line manage the person.
Many people with a learning disability have been excluded from the workplace for a long time, and are very keen to work hard. Their enthusiasm can be infectious. Team dynamics and overall performance have been known to improve as a result of employing someone with a learning
What can you expect from someone with a learning disability in your workplace?
If someone has a learning disability, it doesn’t mean that they can’t learn. In fact, although a person with a learning disability will learn more slowly than some people, they will often learn more carefully and may perform tasks
better than others over time. People with a learning disability often need support to learn new tasks or to understand new situations. Bexley Twofold will help with this process so there is no increased expectation on the employer. The team are also available if there are queries or changes or if something goes wrong.
What kind of work can a person with a learning disability do?
jobs that require practical skills that can be learned through practiceand repetition
jobs that do not require high level qualifications
jobs that do not require a driving licence
jobs that have fixed elements and only require a little multitasking
jobs within teams where tasks can be shared and support can be offered
This flexible approach to employment really compliments supported employment. Instead of expecting someone to carry out tasks within a fixed job description, we ask employers to consider which simple tasks can be carried out by someone with a learning disability. In an office environment, this could be low level administration such as shredding, photocopying, scanning documents and basic data entry. In a restaurant or café environment, this could be cleaning tables and menus and in a retail environment, this could include unpacking and sorting stock and pricing goods.
By employing someone with an learning disability to carry out tasks that have been job carved, this frees up time for other skilled employees to carry out their tasks increasing their productivity.
These responsibilities could form a role for someone who would take great pride in performing them. Your business would run more efficiently with fewer basic tasks being left to the last minute.
Could your business offer work experience?
Work experience offers a way to help break down barriers and help develop confidence in working with this client group.
Work experience placements can be supported by Bexley Twofold just like we would with a paid job. The ideal placements would be for a couple of hours per week over an approximate 6-8 week period enabling the person to carry out simple tasks, learn on the job and experience different working environments.
Work experience is a great way for someone with a learning disability to explore different job roles and gain confidence.