If you have a disability Access to Work can help you overcome barriers to starting or keeping a job.
Access to Work can also give advice to employers, to help them understand your disability and how they can support you.
How can Access to Work help?
Access to Work can help pay for the support you need because of your disability, for example:
If you have a mental health condition you will be offered help to develop a support plan, which may include:
Access to Work partners will also work with your employer to advise them how best they can support you in the workplace.
Can I get this help?
You can apply for Access to Work if you have:
You must also be aged 16 and over and:
How do I apply?
An Employment Adviser can support clients who are struggling in their current employment and who are worried about losing their job.
If you are experiencing difficulties, contact your local Jobcentre.
Specialist Employability Support (SES) is a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) programme which helps disabled people who need the most support to get into work or move closer to getting a job and engage in further work related courses or activities.
There are two routes within the programme:
On the programme you would receive:
Once you get a job you would receive:
If you do not find a job:
You will be supported with a focussed plan of action to maintain the progress you are making and where possible support you to get extra help to keep up the momentum.
How to get on the programme?
Talk to your work coach at your local Jobcentre about being referred onto the programme.
Once a referral has been received you will be invited to an initial meeting.
At the meeting you will be invited to talk about your health and disability status and identify skills gaps, geographical barriers and what support you might need to get a job. You will also have the chance to talk about other barriers that you face to getting a job such as housing, debt, or addiction and areas of personal development and any support needs.
This information will help the adviser to decide if SES is suitable for you.