Access to Work
This is a government funded grant which provides flexible and individually tailored support to allow disabled people to compete on equal terms in the workplace. It can provide the following types of support:
- communication support / personal support at job interview
- adaptations to equipment or premises
- costs of travel if unable to use public transport
- support worker or coach to help you in the workplace
- support service if you have a mental health condition
To be eligible for the grant, you must be 16 or over and either:
- about to start employment
- in a paid job or self employed (does not include voluntary work or unpaid placement)
You can find out more on the Access to Work website. There is now one contact telephone number for the whole of the country - 0345 2688489. In order to make an application you would need to disclose your disability to an employer.
Local Support Agencies
Jobcentre Plus employs disability employment advisers who can offer:
- support to any disabled person in or out of work - including disabled graduates looking for work
- disabled students looking for part-time work or work experience
- support to sustain employment
- advice on Access to Work and range of other programmes
- advocacy, advice, occupational assessments
- brief intervention eg. for low confidence/self-esteem/anxiety
To make a local appointment, telephone 0114 2033143/4.
Other local agencies include:
Remploy - provides work choice programme (referral through the advisers at the job centre) - tel. 0300 456 8020
Disability Sheffield - a membership and user led organisation run and controlled by disabled people. Useful employment related factsheets.
Another provider of this programme in Sheffield is 'Work - Solutions' through the Shaw Trust - tel. 0114 350 3140
Disability disclosure event.
The Careers and Employability Service recently held an event where students were able to find out more about how to disclose their disability with confidence throughout the recruitment process.
The event was designed to give students further information about applying for jobs disclosing their disability, understanding their legal rights, considering the employer's perspective and making the most of specialised programmes to get into work.
Presenters at the event included Louise Alford, Recruitment Manager for Sheffield Hallam University, Zarah Khan from Big Ambitions who supports employers to become 'disability confident', Craig Pemblington from Change 100 Internships and Megan Bean, PhD student who detailed her experiences how she's disclosed her disability.
There was also an opportunity for students to speak to experts from across the university about an array of topics which were all designed to help them secure employment.