Course Profile

Course Profile: Employment and Learning Disabilities (1 Day)
Research reinforces the value of work; those who have experienced unemployment will know only too well how this led to feelings and indeed being excluded and marginalised, low self-esteem, social, financial and psychological problems. This is a particular issue for people with Learning Disabilities. The employment statistics (2009) reveal an employment rate for people with Physical Disabilities of 48% and of 7.5% for people with Learning Disabilities.

Employers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to prevent a disabled employee from being placed at a substantial disadvantage by any physical feature of the premises or by provision criteria or practice of the employer – this includes people with Learning Disabilities.

This course aims to help learners understand the impact of work on the individual and particularly those with Learning Disabilities, barriers to overcome in supporting people to gain employment, supporting them to prepare for work and through the process of seeking and gaining employment. The course will relate to 'Valuing Employment Now' 'Real jobs for people with Learning Disabilities' which sets out an ambitious goal to radically increase the number of people with Learning Disabilities in paid employment.
The course provides some knowledge for
NHS KSF: Core 2.2, HWB1.2
QCF: LD311K, HSC2006, 2011
CIS: 4, 7
The course is designed for Health & Social Care workers in Learning Disability services.
The course will assist the organisation to deliver CQC Outcome 1.
Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:

• What is ‘work’?
• Why we work and what we get out of working
• How not working impacts on the individual
• What people with Learning Disabilities have to gain by being in employment
• Statistics-Why so few people with Learning disabilities are employed
• Legislation relating to Learning Disability and Employment
• Recruitment & Selection, Conditions of employment, Training, Transfer, Development and Retention
• Finding out about jobs: What’s out there? Where is this information? Accessing information
• Application Forms
• Empowering the person to access employment, including confidence Assertiveness building
• Resources: Training, development and support
• Building skills profiles: skills, interest, experience and aptitude
• Practical support with issues such as travel, training and time management
• Challenging jargon and making information accessible
• Creative approaches – interactive CV’s, work trials instead of interviews
• Workers’ role in advocacy and positive promotion
• Job coaching
• Empowering the Organisation: Creating a culture where the organisation can make mistakes and ask for advice and support
• Being realistic about reasonable adjustments and time
• Providing support for the person – job coaching, trials, skills teaching
• Promoting a diverse workforce
• People with Learning Disabilities are customers too - The spending power of people with disabilities in the UK is around 80
  billion pounds per annum
• Public perception
Training methods utilised include Tutor presentations, PowerPoint, Chalk & talk, Ideas shower, Pairs, Triads and small group work, Handouts, Sample documents, Practice studies