First steps into the workplace

With GCSE results out today, and A-levels last week, many young people will be thinking about what’s next, with some considering employment.

Mencap young worker
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There’s lots to think about for anyone taking their first steps into work, but for young people with an acquired brain injury there may be extra concerns. We share our advice on our Brain Injury Hub information pages. This includes considering the route to take – this could be volunteering, working part-time, vocational training or working full-time. Whichever route is chosen, help and advice is available from charities, the government and other organisations. Headway provides a lot of information that is primarily written for adults (who may be returning to work) but a lot is helpful for young people heading into work for the first time. In this year’s Learning Disability Week, earlier this summer, Mencap focused on employment and shared its resources. These include four easy read guides cover finding a job or work experience; application forms and CVs; going to a job interview; and starting work. Job Centres can put people in touch with a disability employment advisor – they will give advice such as keeping an eye out for the ‘positive about disabled people’ symbol with two ticks. This symbol is awarded by Jobcentre Plus to employers who have made commitments to employ, retain and develop the abilities of disabled staff. The government also offers advice online and has several schemes including Access to Work, Work Choice and Specialist Employability Support. A number of organisations and programmes exist that specifically help people with disabilities in the area of employment. These include Base (British Association for Supported Employment), Shaw Trust, Remploy, and Kennedy Scott. Good luck to all those starting on their new journey!
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