Peterborough City Council

Outcome of Expression of Interest: Invited to apply

In Cambridgeshire, it is estimated that there are 4,552 people of working age with a Learning disability.

The target number of Adults with a Learning Disability and/or Autism to be in employment is 6%.  This figure stands at 2.6% in Cambridgeshire.

We know the positive impact finding meaningful employment can have on people with LD.  The impact has been astounding in terms of confidence, wellbeing, becoming a real asset in a workplace and less reliance on the council.

This week the new joint Vulnerable children’s board (CCC & PCC) agreed that local authorities will further improve their joint working around SEND, and employability.

A team of partners ran a SPRINT to look at employment for people with LD.  We covered a lot during the week, but there was no employer representation.

We would like to find out:

  • What employers know about people with LD and autism and what is their perception (for large, medium and small businesses) and how many people with LD they employ
  • Their policies about hiring people with LD and autism
  • What they would need, support, and what are their barriers to employing people with disabilities
  • How they recruit
  • What skills and knowledge they look for in potential employees and why
  • Digital leadership training (for council leaders, service managers or senior executives)
  • Digital and agile awareness
  • Introduction to user research
  • Introduction to service design