Local Supported Employment programme

Due to high demand for the LSE programme, we have now reached our current capacity of 60 places. We are hoping to have news of an extension in coming weeks.

Local Supported Employment programme supports adults in Lincolnshire who have a learning disability or autism into employment. Funded by the Department of Work and Pensions until March 2025

Using the established Five Stage Supported Employment Model, the Maximising Independence Team within the council's Adult Services will provide this service to eligible participants. The Job Coaches will adopt a person-centered approach with participants to find paid employment through the following means:

  • working collaboratively to identify what skills and experiences participants have by arranging short term unpaid work tasters
  • support to look and apply for the right job
  • contact and negotiate with employers on the participants behalf
  • provide advice and guidance on benefits and the impact of work on participant finances
  • support to understand and resolve issues relating to benefits or employment
  • support to prepare a CV, complete application forms and prepare for interviews
  • support the participant to apply for funding for equipment, adjustments in the workplace, ongoing support with their job or travel to work, through the Access to Work scheme
  • support the participant to learn the job and settle into the role with support in the workplace if needed at the start of employment. If required,  a signer / interpreter can be arranged also

Participant eligibility

To be able to participate on the LSE programme, the person must meet the following criteria:

  • the participant wants to find paid employment
  • the participant must be 18+
  • must have a learning disability, autism or any individuals who have a learning difficulty who meet the Equality Act 2010 definition of disability 
  • the participant must be economically inactive (not in paid employment or paid self-employment)
  • the participant must not be on another DWP contracted employment programme or provision. They must also not be on another programme or provision delivered by another government department, charitable trust, or third party
  • the participant must show willingness and understand the benefit of participating in LSE to find and sustain paid work
  • the participant is entitled to public funds. For example, welfare benefits

Local Supported Employment referral form

Please note: Due to the Local Supported Employment Service being a new service implemented in Lincolnshire and the high number of referrals we have received to date, we are currently operating a waiting list.

The referrals will be reviewed each month and it will be allocated on a one out/one in system when capacity becomes available. If we receive a referral that we believe would be better suited to another service, we will sign post the referrer to that service.

More information

To find out more information about the LSE programme, please email