Step Up For Work is a work programme for people with learning disabilities, autism and other additional needs.

The innovative, personalised 12 month programme runs in the New Forest and Portsmouth is a combination of pre-work training and in-work mentoring.

It will help you gain skills and work experience in a social enterprise:

  • Hanger Farm Arts Centre
  • Furzey Gardens and tea rooms
  • Minstead Lodge conference and wedding venue
  • Other social enterprises not run by Minstead Trust.

By the end of the course you will have gained practical work skills, undertaken a work placement and be ready to look for a paid role.

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Get in touch with to speak to our employability team. They’ll be able to give you more information and help you start your journey into the world of work.

Five steps to employment success

1. Interests and skills

Talk to our Job Opportunities Mentor to see what skills and needs you might have and what type of employment you may be interested in. Get in touch via

2. Workshops

Up to 12 workshops on topics including workplace expectations, behaviour, health and safety, travel training and interviews.

3. Work placements

Up to 26 weeks of training in real-work situations in retail, catering and hospitality at one of Minstead Trust’s social enterprises, or with one of our Employer Network Partners

4. Continued mentoring

Our Employability mentors will help you prepare for paid work through CV Skills, Job Searching and Interview Practice

5. Paid work

We will continue to support you to get your first job, and then support you and your employer for as long as you need

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