Information for employers

Did you know that the employment rate for adults with learning disabilities and autism remains at less the 6% nationally? However there is clear evidence that employing a more diverse workforce has wide ranging benefits.


Effectively managing the diverse profile of a workforce makes good business sense. Organisations that are committed to ensuring that the workforce matches the profile of the community they share and serve are more likely to maintain a competitive edge and attract a diverse customer base.

This can be achieved by a diverse workforce informing, influencing and improving the range and quality of services they provide and the design and variety of products they manufacture for the customer.


Why employ someone with a learning difficulty or autism?

There is a clear case for recruiting disabled employees:

  • It can save your company time and money.
  • It provides motivated employees who will be committed to your company.
  • It improves morale and team working.
  • It can enhance your company's reputation, both internally and with customers.
  • It can lead to innovation in products and services.
  • It demonstrates corporate social responsibility.

How can we help?

Supported employment offers a comprehensive package of advice, guidance and support. This includes conducting employee specific risk assessments in the workplace, practical hands-on 1:1 support and, where required, specialised instruction for the employee to be trained to carry out the tasks of the job to meet the expectations of the employer.

Support is ongoing and gradually tapers away as the employee adapts to the workplace and gains the confidence to work independently of support. Support can be called on to deal with any unforeseen issues that may arise requiring the professional expertise of the support worker. The availability of long term support is a key factor in the success of supported employment.

Interested in finding out more?

Here in Harrogate, we want to make a change and help increase the opportunities and support available to those with autism and learning difficulties to enable them to lead independent lives and fulfil their wish of finding employment in their local area.

People with learning disabilities typically take longer to learn new tasks but with the right support they can overcome their difficulties and have a better chance of gaining paid employment.

We are always interested to talk to local businesses and employers to see how you can be part of these amazing programmes and make a real difference to adults with learning disabilities and autism.

With your support, we can ensure more people with learning difficulties or autism go on to achieve paid employment that lasts, enhancing their aspirations and to lead a fulfilled life.

If you would like to make a difference and find out more about our Routes to Employment programmes please call our CEO Hadyn on 01423 593719, or use our contact form.


Support is ongoing and gradually tapers away as the employee adapts to the workplace and gains the confidence to work independently of support. Support can be called on to deal with any unforeseen issues that may arise requiring the professional expertise of the support worker. The availability of long term support is a key factor in the success of supported employment.