Employment support for people with learning disabilities

Warwickshire Employment Support Team (WEST)

We provide a countywide service for people with a learning disability or who are on the Autistic Spectrum, who want to work. We help them to find employment:

  • in the public sector
  • in the private sector
  • full-time or part-time

We will enable people with a learning disability, Autism or Aspergers Syndrome to access and sustain paid employment by providing:

  • expertise on disability employment and benefit issues
  • personal profiling and job matching
  • ongoing support to employers and employees

What we provide

We specialise in recruitment and provide a professional service to employers who offer employment or work experience to people with learning disabilities and who are on the Autistic Spectrum or Asperger’s Syndrome.

We provide:

  • job profiling
  • selective recruitment
  • support with application forms
  • support at a job interview
  • an intensive induction package
  • one to one job coaching
  • an advocate for the customer with work related issues
  • information or training to employers about disability, equality and diversity
  • intervention and referral to other professionals, if required
  • regular and ongoing support and reviews of our customers
  • a full review of the effects of employment on customers’ benefits
  • support permitted work through the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP)

How to use us

The process involves:

  • an initial referral to WEST
  • an assessment and vocational profiling by an Employment Officer
  • an agreement of a working contract between our service, customer and the family or carer
  • an allocation of a named, key worker
  • creating opportunities for employment
  • working in partnership with employers, customers, parents and carers

Eligibility

You must:

  • be aged 18 years or above
  • live in Warwickshire
  • want to go into paid employment

Accelerate is a Building Better Opportunities Project funded by the European Social Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund, managed by Coventry and Warwickshire CDA.