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WE CAN (Training)





CAN’s suite of social enterprises offer training opportunities for adults with learning disabilities through WE (Work Enablement) CAN which is funded by  ESF, DfE and NHSCT.  CAN Can Recycling (processing waste materials), CAN Can Upcycle (upcycling furniture and household items), CAN Can Bubbles (our launderette), CAN Can Frames (our framing service) and CAN Can Bazaar (our shop) offer a range of experiences and work-based skills enhancement opportunities.

WE CAN provides up to 2 year placements within our social enterprises.

Before coming to us, many individuals have just left school or have been in daycare for a long time and are unfamiliar with having a job or being part of a team.  Funded by ESF, DfE and NHSCT, the WE CAN project enables trainees to receive real, valuable work experiences, qualifications and to gain new skills and confidence to enable them to progress into other areas of supported employment or volunteering opportunities.

Improving Employability

Do you have a Learning Disability, Autism or Mental Health issue and would like to consider work in the future?

Through the WE CAN programme we will provide you with a person-centred approach, guiding you on your path towards employment.

We offer a flexible placement of up to 2 years which provides you with “on the job” work experience in a real work environment. We will work with you to help you enhance your employability through;

  • Confidence building
  • Training
  • Qualifications
  • Job sampling
  • Signposting towards employment.

As a Trainee…

WE CAN trainees benefit from taking part in a training programme tailored to their individual needs. This allows them to develop their interpersonal skills, timekeeping, team working, confidence building and developing their self-esteem and aspirations whilst gaining real work experience.

In addition they will develop their skills through vocational qualifications with ASDAN, OCN and other awarding bodies.

Job sampling opportunities will give an insight into types of employment and experience of the working world.

The engagement with employers will enhance the trainee’s experience.

Enhancing Your Workforce

Research shows that 65% of people with a learning disability and associated issues want to work, with only 7% currently in paid employment.

With the right training and support our trainees can play a valuable role in the workforce and enhance your staff team. Employers are key to unlocking the potential of our trainees.

Become a WE CAN ambassador

  • Come talk to our trainees about your business and the types of jobs you offer
  • Provide a job sampling opportunity
  • Consider employing a person with a learning disability through the “I’m in to hire” programme.

Benefits to the employer

  • Lead the way in establishing a more diverse workforce
  • Enable your staff to benefit from the challenge of supporting a diverse team
  • Raise your social profile and broaden your customer base
  • We will champion your engagement with our project and your support for people in the local community.

For more information on the WE CAN programme please contact:

Project Co-ordinator

Tel: (028) 2766 7775