REAL means - Realistic Employment for Adults with Learning Disabilities. The Real Employment service works with people who have a mild to moderate learning disability.
REAL Employment supports adults (18+) who have learning disabilities and have additional needs such as Autism, Dyslexia and Dyspraxia into volunteering, training and paid employment. We support throughout the application and employment process.
Our annual newsletter provides further information.
Who we work with
We work with Pluss to deliver Right Steps to Work on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions and the European Social Fund. It is co-financed by the European Social Fund.
The programme provides additional support and funding for those who are work ready, and can help with things like paying for uniforms and transport costs.
The support we provide is very individual and depends on the support the person wants and their needs.
Make a referral for REAL Employment
You can refer yourself. A family member or professional can also refer you on your behalf. You can also drop in to have a chat with a member of staff. We will take some basic details such as your name, address and phone number. One of our advisors will then invite you to a welcome meeting and complete an assessment to check if you are right for our service. You don't have to have a diagnosed learning disability, we take a holistic approach when assessing people.
After your referral
We want to check that the REAL Employment service is right for you. The first meeting will gather some information about your past experiences, strengths and the things you struggle with. You don't have to answer any question you are not happy to. It is informal and you can have a break at any time. If for any reason REAL Employment isn't right for you, we will suggest other services that might be.
In house training
We have a range of in house training available. This training is for customers of REAL only and is booked through your advisor. Training courses include:
Information for employers
Is your business interested in supporting people with a learning disability who are looking for work? If so, it could enhance your public profile by supporting your local community.
If you would like to speak to us about offering work experience, job carving or paid employment.
- Huddersfield office
- Address 41 Market Street, Huddersfield, HD1 2HL
- Phone 01484 221581 (Option 1 Huddersfield)
- Email RealEmployment@kirklees.gov.uk
- Batley office
- Address Jo Cox House, 90 Commercial Street, Batley, WF17 5DS
- Phone 01484 221581 (Option 2 Batley)
- Email RealEmployment@kirklees.gov.ukk