Steps into Work is a three-way partnership between TfL, Mencap (The Royal Mencap Society) and Barnet & Southgate College that provides work experience for adults with mild to moderate learning disabilities and/or on the autism spectrum. They get the opportunity to develop work experience through working in a business environment.
The programme is made up of three unpaid work placements, mainly in offices across TfL. Those aged 18 or over will also have the option of working as a customer service assistant (CSA) in a London Underground station. This placement also provides an opportunity to gain an NVQ Level 2 Customer Services in the Rail Industry award.
People on the programme will study for a BTEC Level 1 qualification and will be students of Barnet & Southgate College and not TfL employees. The programme, including the BTEC classes will be based in TfL's offices in central London.
If you are on this programme, this is what you can expect:
We are aiming to provide real life work experience. Roles may be complex but are structured such that people with learning disabilities and those on the autism spectrum should be able to effectively complete tasks.
These are examples of the things you may be asked to do during the placements:
The curriculum is based on the knowledge and skills needed for employment and the work placements involve gaining experience in a real working environment. You will build a portfolio of evidence as a record of learning while working towards the qualification. There are no exams on the programme.
Mencap will provide a job coach to support you during your placements and help with the transition to the Mencap branch at the end of the programme. Mencap will also help you look for paid work.
This programme doesn't guarantee you will get an interview for a paid role or find a job at the end, but many former students are working in a range of roles in various organisations.