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Mencap's Hospitality Traineeship

Traineeship for young people

Mencap’s 16-week Traineeship Programme is aimed at young people aged 19-24 who have a Learning Disability, a Learning Difficulty or Autism. A Traineeship is designed for young people who are motivated to work but may struggle to find employment through traditional recruitment processes. 

The hospitality traineeship partners with employers in the hospitality sector, to develop the skills and experience they need to achieve a paid position. There are open vacancies at the employers if successful completion of the traineeship is achieved.

The core content of a traineeship is: 

  • Work preparation covers key topics related to employability such as communication, professional behaviour, and timekeeping. 
  • Work experience within a traineeship should be a high-quality learning experience tailored to the needs of the individual learner. Mencap will support both the trainee and the employer to ensure that individual needs are met, and the trainee learns on the job in the best possible way of them. 
  • Job coaches are available to support the trainees whilst on their placement. The job coach will work alongside the trainee to help them learn new skills at a pace that suits them. 
  • English, Maths and ICT support will reflect the requirements of the job whilst enabling the trainee to move towards qualifications if appropriate. 
  • Job roles include: Receptionist, Housekeeping, Linen porter, Kitchen porter.

We have partnered with a number of hostels / hotels around London where the work experience element of the traineeship will take place, with an opportunity at all sites leading to paid, permanent employment for the individuals. This element, the trainee will be supported by a Mencap job coach and employee mentor. All travel costs can be covered, and travel training is available. An EHCP is not required for this programme.

Location of work preparation: EC1Y 0RT

Location of work experience: SW5 0AQ, SW1V 4DG, W1W 5NU, NW1 2QE (you will be based at one of these sites for the duration of your programme)

For more information contact Catherine Partridge or call on 07966 500 816

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