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NHS Scotland learning disability employment: tools and guidance - easy read version

Easy read version of tools and guidance to support NHS Scotland to increase the number of the people employed with learning disabilities.

NHS Scotland learning disability employment: tools and guidance - easy read version
4. Creating Employment Opportunities

4. Creating Employment Opportunities

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It is important to find real jobs within the organisation that someone with a learning disability can do. You have to think about lots of different types of job because everyone, including those with a learning disability, is different, and has different skills and experiences.

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Real Jobs

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People with learning disabilities should only be recruited for jobs that are valued by managers and colleagues alike. Real jobs have wages paid and have the same terms and conditions as other jobs.

What types of jobs can I think about?

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To help find the right roles there are some general guidelines you can use.

  • the candidate might be starting to build their skills and experience,
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  • jobs that will stay mostly the same, as people with learning disabilities can find change difficult
  • roles that do not involve solving problems all the time

Entry Routes to Employment

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Employability scheme, internships and work experience opportunities can help people with learning disabilities get jobs in NHSScotland.

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Supported Employment gives disabled people work with support from colleagues and a job. This gives employees the chance to be trained on the job and help them get the skills they need.

Work experience placements are another way for people with learning disabilities to find out about jobs in the NHS and decide if they would like to work for the NHS in future.


Contact

Email: emma.weedon@gov.scot