Propel was established to support young adults with learning disabilities, to access and thrive in meaningful and sustainable employment.

With only 5.1% of UK adults with a learning disability in paid employment*, Propel aims to reverse this trend by supporting every part of a young person’s journey into the right employment.

Propel provides businesses with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) consultancy, training and recruitment; supporting them to offer opportunities and employment to young adults with SEND.

We know that with the right support, young people with additional needs can not only thrive within a suitable workplace, but they can also add significant value to any business.

A recent study showed those with a learning disability stayed in their job 3.5 times longer than those co-workers without a disability*. It also revealed that higher costs are actually incurred by employers through lateness, sick leave, and absence by non-disabled workers, than employees with a learning disability.

Many employers report that their employees with a learning disability, are often very dedicated to their job, which in turn reduces staff turnover. This helps decrease recruitment costs such as advertising for a vacant position, and salaried time spent reviewing applications, interviewing potential candidates, and training.

This evidence supports what we at The Mason Foundation and Propel know to be true; that people with a learning disability can add tremendous value to your workplace as reliable members of your team, with an additional benefit of saving you time and money.

*Beyer and Beyer (2017) 1.2, Reliability of workers
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