When you're looking for a job or basic training for a job, a good place to start is the Disability Employment Adviser (DEA) at your local Job Centre.
- The DEA can help you with advice about programmes and grants to get you into work. A programme which should help is called Work Choice. Work Choice begins with an interview to find out what sort of support is best for you. This could be about building your confidence, or finding a job that suits you, or preparing for interviews. Work Choice is delivered by different provider organisations and they can help you get the skills to find employment. Work Choice includes 'Work Entry Support' lasting 6 months, and 'In-Work Support' lasting up to 2 years.
Can I get a grant to help pay my work expenses?
Yes, your DEA can help you get an Access to Work grant to pay for the costs of starting a job and staying in a job. How much you get depends on what you need, but Access to Work could pay for fares to work if you can't use public transport or a support worker or job coach to help you in your workplace. You can get information about Access to Work here: https://www.gov.uk/access-to-work/overview
A tip for when you're looking at job adverts
When you're looking for work, look for the 'positive about disabled people' symbol (with 2 ticks) on adverts and application forms. The symbol means the employer is committed to employing people with a disability. If a job advert displays the symbol, you'll be guaranteed an interview if you meet the basic conditions for the job.
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