Despite most people with learning disabilities being willing and able to work, just 5.8% of them have paid jobs. Ingeus, and the employers we work with, understand that with the right support, people with learning disabilities make hardworking and enthusiastic employees, bringing new skills, talents, and perspectives to their workplaces.
Ex-Ingeus client Rebecca is a shining example. After being diagnosed with Asperger syndrome in her early teens, Rebecca was determined to achieve her dream of working for a top restaurant.
After gaining patisserie and confectionary qualifications, Rebecca, from Rochdale, was referred to Ingeus’s Working Well (Work and Health Programme). With Ingeus’s support, Rebecca was appointed as a pastry chef at The Ivy Collection in Manchester. She has subsequently been promoted to Demi-chef de Partie, working directly with the senior team.
“I want to use my success to challenge the stereotypes that some people have about Asperger syndrome,” says Rebecca. “My managers know about my diagnosis and it makes no difference to them or my other work colleagues. That’s how it should be. It’s always important to maintain your confidence and aim high.”
Learning Disability Week 2020 takes place online from 15 to 21 June.