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Learning disabilities: Employment support

There are a number of services that support people with learning disabilities to prepare for and find employment.

Youth Careers team

The Youth Careers team can support you if you are aged 25 or under.Visit for more information.

Community Access Project – Daylight

This project provides one to one support for people to apply to jobs. These jobs are specially selected and designed for people with learning disabilities. The project also uses job coaches to provide in work support for people with learning disabilities once they start their new job.

To find out more about the project contact Richard Gaskill.
T  020 7704 7470

City and Islington College

The college runs a variety of courses for students with learning disabilities, including catering, horticulture, arts and media, sports and leisure, woodwork and furniture making and retail. Currently all courses offer a qualification at either Entry Level 1, 2, 3 or Level 1 and most courses include an unpaid work placement.

There is also a café and an external catering business run by students with learning difficulties.

T 020 7704 7285
Centre for Lifelong Learning
28 -42 Blackstock Road
London N4 2DG


Elfrida’s ‘Learning for Life and Work Centre’ offers accredited courses for adults with learning disabilities who wish to improve their basic skills in literacy, numeracy, ICT and general skills for work.

T 020 7359 7443

Mencap’s Employ Me programme

As well as supporting you to get a job they can also support you while you are at work.

If you have not worked before or have been out of work for some time, Mencap also offer learning skills for work. Just some of the sessions available are Managing Money, Travel and Safety, Assessing my Skills for Work.

T 07919 882 161 (Paul Winter) or
07949 047 873 (Jo Mclean)
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Shape Arts

Shape supports disabled people working in or wanting to work in the arts and creative industries.

T 020 7424 7330
Textphone 020 7424 7368

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