Employment support for people with learning disabilities

Warwickshire Employment Support Team (WEST)

WEST is a county-wide service for people with a learning disability or who are on the Autistic Spectrum, who want to work and who meet the criteria for Fair Access to Care Services. We help them to find employment:

  • In the public sector
  • In the private sector
  • Full-time or part-time

WEST is a specialist team who will enable people with a learning disability to access and sustain paid employment:

  • Expertise on disability employment and benefit issues
  • Personal profiling and job matching
  • Ongoing support to employers and employees

What ?

WEST specialises in recruitment and provides 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.

WEST provides:

  • Job profiling
  • Selective recruitment
  • Support with application forms
  • Support at a job interview
  • Provides an intensive induction package
  • 1:1 job coaching
  • Advocate for the customer with work related issues
  • Provide information or training to employers about disability, equality and diversity
  • Provide intervention and referral to other professionals, if required
  • Regular and ongoing support and reviews of our customers
  • Full review of the effects of employment on customers’ benefits
  • Help with applications to the Benefits Agency
  • Ongoing support with changes to benefits
  • Support permitted work through DWP

How ?

  • Initial referral to WEST
  • Assessment and vocational profiling by an Employment Officer
  • Agree a working contract between our service, customer and family/carer
  • Allocation of a named, key worker
  • Create opportunities for employment
  • Work in partnership with employers, customers, parents and carers


  • Customers must be aged 18 years or above.
  • Customers must live in Warwickshire.
  • Customers must have been assessed by a Social Worker and meet the eligibility criteria for Fair Access to Care Services (FACS).

Employment support for people with learning disabilities was last updated on April 25, 2017.