Employment Support – Learning Disability
The Balance Employment Support Team has vast experience of both supporting people with learning disabilities into work and also working with employers to ensure candidates we put forward for jobs are matched with the skills they require.
We believe in the right job, not any job, for the people we support.
Accessing Our Support
Our general criteria is that you have a learning disability and received a Statement of Special Educational need when you were at school but you will need to check with the team for eligibility for our individual employment support projects.
You can be referred by a parent, carer or someone else who knows you, Community Learning Disability Team worker, or another health and social care professional. Please use our referral form.
Here are some of the ways we can provide support:
- One to one sessions with your Employment Consultant
- Create a person centred action plan into work
- Help you match up your work skills to a job and enrol for courses if you need extra training
- Give you advice about how you can be better off in work than on benefits
- Write a C.V. and fill in application forms
- Contact employers on your behalf
- Weekly job club where you can get advice and support in applying for jobs
- Set up ‘work trials’ where you get the chance to try out a job instead of an interview
- Support you in the workplace for the first few weeks of your new job
- Assess whether you need longer term support in the workplace and how you may be able access funding
- We will continue to provide advice and guidance to you and your employer whilst you are in work
If you are self-referring please click here for our easy read form Balance LD Employment Referral Easy Read
Balance Employment Support Team,
17 Ewell Road,
Surbiton KT6 6AG
tel: 020 3468 3075
Case Study – Lucy
Lucy was referred to Balance’s Learning Disability Employment Team in March 2013.
Lucy was really positive and motivated to find paid work but had only had one previous work experience in a nursery. She had decided she didn’t want to pursue a career in childcare but was unsure of what job she would like to do. Lucy and her Employment Consultant, Glen, completed a vocational profile and through that process Lucy decided she was interested in working in retail.
Glen set up a work experience placement at Waitrose New Malden to put stock out on the shopfloor. Lucy did really well at Waitrose and received excellent feedback especially on her positive attitude.
Lucy felt that the placement helped to build her confidence but was still a bit unsure about moving in to paid work.
Glen organised a work experience placement in Kingston’s John Lewis store to further build up Lucy’s skills and confidence. Lucy again excelled in her role and at the end of the placement John Lewis offered her a paid position for 16 hours a week as a Stock Management Colleague. Lucy is still working for John Lewis and loves her role. This is what her manager had to say about Lucy:
Lucy is doing great, just as everybody who knows her, knew she would! I get feedback every day she works, from partners who have had contact with her, to tell me how interaction with her had just brightened their day and a flash from that megawatt smile.
Lucy said this about the support she received from her Balance Employment Consultant:
Glen helped me to find the best job for me. He went through all my qualities and skills to help me find the right job. I now have a job at John Lewis and I am proud that I am working there.