Access to Work is a Government initiative that provides advice and practical support to the disabled who are employed, self employed or unemployed and about to start a job or work scheme.
Jobs can be part-time or full-time or temporary or permanent.
The scheme has recently been extended to include disabled people on traineeships, supported internships, work trials and work academies.
It is unclear at this stage whether this also includes voluntary work.
To apply for help you must:
The scheme provides grants to help pay for the extra employment cost of working with a disability. This can include funding for:
The grant will not cover any items considered as standard equipment in the workplace.
Check your eligibility by using the on-line questionnaire. If you are eligible you will be able to print a letter that you can show to an employer when applying for a job.
To apply: Contact either your regional Access to Work Centre or your local Job Centre Plus who will ask you to complete an application form. Once they have your details an adviser will discuss your application to assess your needs and the level of support required.
The Access to Work grant will pay for 100% of the approved costs if you:
For those employed for longer than 6 weeks a proportion of the costs will be paid depending on the size of the company with employer contributions for larger companies.
Funding is for three years after which a new application will need to be required.
Disabled job seekers who want to set up their own business through the New Enterprise Allowance are also able to apply for Access to Work funding.
Access to Work Guide - Easy Read from the British Association of Supported Employment (BASE).
Employers' Guide to Access to Work - from the Department of Work and Pensions - free download
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