What We Do

Pathway to Employment


of people with a learning disability in paid employment in the UK


of Entrust Care Partnership Trainees have secured a job

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A Track Record of Success

With only 4.8% of people with a learning disability in paid employment in the UK, it’s clear there are many barriers to success, something we aim to change.

We are ambitious about the futures of our Trainees and support them to gain employment, in whichever field they aspire to work in. We’re incredibly proud of our Trainees and that everyone who has graduated, so far, is in employment.

We provide real life experience working in our Warwickshire community cafes. Trainees learn key transferable skills, specific skills and importantly we take time to get to know each individual, to find out what their personal skills are. This is incredibly valuable when supporting people into employment.

Our Pathway to Employment removes barriers to work for people with additional learning needs and/or Autism. Changing the tide of unemployment, one Trainee at a time.

Read more below on Becoming a Trainee, some of our Success Stories, our valuable Funding Supporters and our crucial Employer Partners. You can also read our Impact Evaluation Report

Get Involved

Please get in touch if you, or a person close to you, would like to know more about our Pathway to Employment initiative

View our latest ‘Pathway to Employment’ leaflet:

Download Pathway To Employment Leaflet
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Become a Trainee

What We Offer

  • On the ground, real life, Work Experience in a community cafe setting
  • Personalised on the Job Training
  • Personal Skills Profile
  • Support to Secure Employment:
    • Interview Coaching
    • CV Creation
    • Support Applying for Jobs
    • Attending Interviews
    • Negotiating Contracts and Reasonable Adjustments

We also offer a range of ‘in job’ support once you have started your job, including support applying for Access to Work funding, Job Coaching and Assistive Technology.

Apply to become a Trainee

Click the link below to download an application form.

Please return it, by email, to Lynne Barton lynnebarton@entrustcarepartnership.org.uk

ECP Trainee Films

Here are a selection of our movies created to help potential trainees through the process.

Where to find a job?

What is a personal profile?

What is a cover letter?

What to include in your CV

How to prepare for an interview

Celebrating Success

Here are some of our real-life success stories. Click through on each one to find out more.

Employer Partners

Building Relationships

Building relationships with Employer Partners provides excellent pathways into employment for our Trainees.

These relationships also provide business solutions for companies who want to recruit and retain hardworking, dedicated and reliable staff.

We want to encourage companies and recruiters to build inclusive workforces via our, largely untapped, talent pool of people with additional learning needs and/or Autism.

There are many positives to employing a diverse workforce and companies who embrace this promote a sense of inclusiveness which improves their overall culture.

Providing employment opportunities, to include this wider talent pool, creates a positive impact on teams and is reflected in improved performance.

Employee turnover can be dramatically reduced and companies can play their part in building a community which celebrates diversity and differences.

Support we offer our Employer Partners

  • Guidance and advice on employing people with Additional Learning Needs and/or autism
  • Training on disability confidence
  • Employer support once a Trainee becomes an employee
  • And, much more.

Our Employer Partners include:

Jaguar Land Rover
Compass Group
Dobbies Garden Centres
Stratford Racecourse
C3 Coffee
Flip Book Preview - Claire

Feature: Careermag for Inclusion

Claire joined the Pathway to Employment with a huge desire to secure a paid job. She had been briefly employed in the past, in a couple of jobs which hadn’t worked out.

See an article on Claire, one of our success stories. Visit: flippingbook.com

Funding Supporters

A huge thank you must go to the National Lottery Reaching Communities Fund. Our Pathway to Employment initiative wouldn’t be possible without their generous funding.

National Lottery Reaching Communities Fund

We would also like to thank our other supporters:

The True Colours Trust
European Union - European Social Fund
National Grid ESO
Warwickshire County Council – Councilors Fund
Delamere Dairy Foundation
The Long Itch Diner
Dr Claire Monk from Newman University
Pictured: Dr Claire Monk from Newman University

Impact Evaluation

After three years running the Pathway to Employment, via generous funding from The National Lottery – Reaching Communities grant, we wanted to take a deeper look at the impact of the initiative and the role of the Employment Development Manager.

Dr Claire Monk from Newman University, Birmingham, took on the job of evaluating impact. We are delighted with her findings and wanted to share them with you.

“The Pathway to Employment Programme is changing attitudes in work environments, and combating ‘anxious avoidance’ to understand and embrace disability in the workplace, particularly learning disabilities.”

“Staff value diversity: they understand each individual trainee and their very individual needs. They use creative thinking to find different ways (often through trial-and-error) to change/adapt/develop the working environment to meet the needs of each young person.”

“The findings were explored using Critical Development Theory. Within this, what could be evidenced was the impact that the Pathway to Employment programme had on improving skills and confidence of the young people with complex needs, and valuing diversity.”

“But the value-added was the impact that the Employment Development Manager had on breaking down barriers for people with complex learning needs accessing the workplace; empowering young people with complex needs and giving a voice to disabled people; challenging ‘anxious avoidance’ when it comes to learning disabilities; and transforming outcomes for young people with complex needs.”

Click here to read the full report.