Supported employment

Our Hive is our supported employment service that supports people with learning disabilities and/or autism to:

  • Move into employment or voluntary work
  • Attend our social events held regularly in the café
  • Develop skills in our café and or chocolate factory (funded through adult social care budgets or privately)

We also offer Learning Disability Awareness training to employers.

The service offers information, advice and guidance to adults, parents/carers on a variety of subjects including:

  • Benefits
  • Education and volunteering options
  • EHCPs

If our team don’t know the answer they will find someone who can help!

Moving into employment or voluntary work

Our Hive is a free service which supports people aged 16+ with learning disabilities and/or autism to get a job and supports them whilst in work.

How we do this:

  • Initial Chat: You will meet us for an informal chat so we can find out more about you, your experiences and the areas in which you need support.  We will complete an Initial Assessment, Careers Interest Questionnaire and a Vocational Profile to find out more about your skills and the jobs you would like to do
  • VS: if you already have a C.V we can look through this and suggest changes. If you don’t have a C.V, we can work with you to create one
  • Cover Letter: we will support you to create a template cover letter to apply for jobs
  • Applying for work: we will support you in applying for work, adapting C.Vs to match jobs and completing application forms
  • Practice and support at a job interview
  • Support settling into work through job coaching
  • Travel training

All we ask is that you are motivated to find work.

To find out more contact us on 01423 593719 and ask for Our Hive or email us at

Core values of supported employment

Here at HS4L we follow the Core Values of Supported Employment. We embrace the philosophy that:

  • People with disabilities and/ or disadvantages can make a positive contribution in the workplace.
  • People with disabilities and/ or disadvantages should have access to a real job. They should have equal opportunities and the same chances as other employees.
  • We uphold the ‘zero rejection’ philosophy of supported employment, so that, with the right job and the right level of support, everyone who wants to work, can work.
  • Supported employment adheres to a ‘place, train and maintain’ approach rather than a work readiness model.
  • Job searching happens at the earliest opportunity.
  • Jobseekers are encouraged to exercise choice and control over their career pathway. The support is individualised and all options assume successful employment.
  • There is a partnership between the jobseeker, family, carers, community support, employers and the provider of supported employment.
  • Jobseekers are supported to be active members of the workplace and wider community.
  • We recognise the importance of the employer being the customer and their requirements need to be satisfied.
  • Supported employment follows Social Role Valorisation (SRV) in establishing that achieving paid employment means that the jobseeker has a meaningful role in society and can help eliminate social devaluation.
  • Supported employment follows the social model of disability. We recognise that disability is a result of the physical, organisational and attitudinal behaviours of society. Eliminating discrimination enables a change in the way society works, thus removing the barriers to employment. Through using reasonable adjustments and disability awareness training, it allows these barriers to be eliminated.
  • Supported employment encourages jobseekers to find employment which allows career development.

Please note the information above was taken from the Supported Employment National Occupational Standards.