Section 9 – Support to Gain Access to Work

Job Centre Plus Disability Employment Advisors

If you have a health condition or a disability that affects your ability to work, you can get assistance and advice on returning to the workplace by speaking to a Work Coach at your local Jobcentre Plus. Whether you have just lost your job or have been out of work for a long time, a Work Coach is trained to be able to help you to find work or to gain new skills for a job. They can help with work preparation, recruitment, interview coaching and even confidence building. Please use the link below for more information.

About Disability Employment Advisors at the Job Centre

Disability Confident Employers Scheme

A Government scheme that supports and identifies employers that make extra efforts for employees with disabilities.  Look out for the Disability Confident logo when applying!  The scheme has many well known companies on board like Asda, Marks & Spencer, BT and Royal Mail. Please use the link below for more information.

Disability Confident employer scheme on GOV.UK website

Access to Work – Government Funding

Access to Work is a Government fund for those in work with a long term health condition or disability, including dyslexia.  It provides funding to minimise any impact your condition may have on you at work and it does not cost you anything. It is not means tested so it does not matter what you earn or what savings you have. You qualify for the fund if you have a condition that is likely to last at least 12 months or more.  You need to be in paid employment.  This can be full time or part time, with no minimum hours.  It can be a permanent role or a temporary role.  You also qualify if you are doing a Supported Internship, Traineeship, Apprenticeship, self-directed work experience, a Job Centre job trial or you are self-employed.  You do not qualify if you are doing volunteering work. Please use the link below for more information.

Get help from Access to Work on GOV.UK website

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