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Provide a work Placement

Parchment Trust - Supported Employment



To create a society where EVERYONE has the opportunity to work.


As members of BASE (British Association for Supported Employment), we are committed to offering person-centred support strategies to open up the world of work and employment to our service users.

We aim to create work placements that provide value to both our service users and their employers. We use job matching to ensure that suitable placements are established, with ongoing support which is reviewed regularly.

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Employing people with a learning disability can add real value to your workplace culture. Employers report benefits that include:


  • a more diverse workplace

  • better co-worker partnerships

  • improved attitudes in the company

According to a study of 57 employers in Sheffield, people with learning disabilities are often motivated and willing to learn, have high job satisfaction and are hard working. They were often honest, friendly, and were unlikely to cause trouble.*



Employing people with learning disabilities can bring real economic benefits which save you time and money.

People with a learning disability have shown to be reliable timekeepers (only 15% as many lateness episodes as non-disabled colleagues) and take fewer sick days. Many employers report that they are hard working and friendly.*

Long term savings on recruitment, sickness cover etc can be significant, especially in high turnover jobs.

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87% of consumers interviewed in a large study specifically agreed that they would prefer to give their business to companies that hire people with disabilities.*

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Your business may need to make reasonable
adjustments - however....

  • On average, adjustment costs are only £75

  • A study shows 65% of accommodations are cost-neutral

  • 55% of employers reported just a one-time cost for making adjustments.*

  • Get to know your business

  • Job matching to get the right person and job combination

  • Provide on-the-job training and support to get trainees up to speed (at no cost to the employer!)

  • Assistance with reasonable adjustments

  • Always at the end of the phone to deal with issues

  • Job carving to ensure productivity for new AND existing staff.

Members of:

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Barry's Story 

Barry takes orders and delivers food, as well as clearing and cleaning tables. He initially had 1-1 support which was phased out once he became familiar with the job role.

“ We as a team, and all the members love Barry. He has truly become one of us. Barry always turns up to work on time, he looks smart and professional in his uniform every week.”

“ Barry is very confident when it comes to talking to our members; he willingly enters into conversations with them and will have a joke with them too.”


“ I have absolutely no concerns with Barry, other than at some point he might not want to come, which would be a very sad day for us at the Club.”


We would love to have a conversation with you about your business and how we can work together to establish a successful work placement.  

If you would like more information about our supported employment services, then please get in touch with our job coach, Heather. 

Phone: 01424 755800 


Or use our contact form

*  Mencap Employ Me Report -

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