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- What is employment?
- Preparing for Interviews
Before the interview
Give some thought to what questions you might be asked and think how you might reply. Think about what experiences, skills and abilities you have had and how that might relate to the questions you might be asked. Make a list of questions you might like to know about the job to ask at interview. You will need to dress appropriately for the interview with clean, tidy clothes and shoes. If you feel you need some extra support ask a parent, friend or a support worker to go with you to give you additional confidence.
At the interview
You will need to arrive perhaps 10- 15 mins early to give yourself a chance to feel calm and prepare your thoughts. During the interview try and speak clearly, and if possible keep eye contact with the person interviewing you. If you are unsure what they are asking you , ask them to repeat the question. If you really want the job, show your enthusiasm and willingness to train to do the task. Remember to ask the list of questions about the job you previously prepared.
After the interview
At the end of the interview thank the interviewer for the opportunity and shake their hand. Find out when the interviewers will contact you to tell you whether you got the job. If you don’t get the job, you can ask for feedback from the interviewers to help you at future interviewers. If you do get the job, find out what time to arrive and where to go on your first day. You will need to plan how to get to work and back home. If you feel you need some extra support ask a parent, friend or a support worker to go with you to give you additional confidence.
- Skills for paid employment
Below is a list of skills employers will be looking for – which do you think you have?
Work skills employers are looking for in an employee
- good time keeping
- honest person
- has a desire to work
- can focus on a task
- pleasant and cheerful personality
- helpful and considerate to others
- enjoys routine tasks
- pays close attention to detail/accuracy
Ask yourself… How can I help myself? What activities do I already do during the week? Complete a weekly timetable. What type of work am I looking for? Make a list of the type of work you would like to do. Have I got a current CV? Make sure your CV is up to date. Look for a CV template online. What are my strengths and weaknesses? Make a list of things you are good at and things you are not so good at. Do I know anyone who could write a reference for me? You need usually a reference to get a job. Make a list of people you could ask. Where do I go to start looking for work? You can go to Job Centre Plus or if you are known to Adult Social Care call Care Direct and ask for help ti find paid work – 0345 155 1007. Have I had a ‘Better off in Work’ calculation (benefits check)? Arrange a visit to Job Centre Plus or the Citizen’s Advice Bureau (CAB).
- Specialist Employability Support
Specialist Employability Support provides mentoring and training to help you into work if you’re disabled and can’t use other employment programmes. More information about this support can be found at GOV.UK – Specialist Employability Support.
- Devon Supported Employment Pathway
If you are known to adult social care and receive some funding, then you could use part of it to pay for a supported employment agency to:
- find a paid job
- become self employed
- provide in-work support for you if your paid job is breaking down and you need help.
We have several different large and small employment agencies working with us on the Pathway.
The agency is given 25 hours in total. This consists of 10 hours to get to know you and complete a vocational profile. Then a further 15 hours are given for the supported employment agency to make contact with appropriate employers and arrange a working interview for you. This would consist of selling your skills and experiences to their employer network and promoting the benefits of having a diverse work force. The agency would be expected to negotiate for a “working interview” – it’s a good way for you to showcase your abilities.
Once a working interview has been arranged with a promise of a paid job if successful, the agency will draw down additional funding from the Department of Work and Pensions’ ‘Access to Work’ budget to pay for the job coaching that will be provided during the working interview.
If the working interview is successful the agency can then apply for further funding to provide you with job coaching to learn the job. Depending on the amount of support you require, the job coaching could be available for up to 6 months. The job coach would be expected to look for natural support within the work place to help you settle in and become part of the team.
How do you join the Supported Employment Pathway?
You, or someone on your behalf, should contact Care Direct on 0345 1551 007 or email email@example.com. If you receive adult social care funding you should request to be signposted to the Supported Employment Pathway. If not, you will need to request an assessment to discover if you are eligible.
- Becoming Self-Employed
Do you have a skill or talent from which you could create a business, and become self employed? Find out more about working for yourself.
What is good about being self employed?
- you’re the boss
- freedom to pick and choose your work
- you work the hours you want, when you want.
What is bad about being self-employed?
- no work security
- no paid holidays
- income that may go up or down.
- Support from JobCentre Plus
The Work Programme
The Work Programme provides support, work experience and training for up to 2 years to help people find and stay in work.
You might have to join the Work Programme if:
- you’ve been getting Jobseeker’s Allowance for more than 3 months
- you get Employment and Support Allowance and you’re in the Work-Related Activity Group.
Jobcentre Plus will write and ask you to attend an interview.
You’ll have to attend an assessment interview with Jobcentre Plus if you’re still on the Work Programme after 2 years. The interview will help you plan, prepare and find work.
Depending on your circumstances, you can volunteer to join the Work Programme – ask your Jobcentre Plus work coach for more information.
GOV.UK has more more information about job search programmes.
Work Choice can help you get and keep a job if you’re disabled and find it hard to work. Find out more at GOV.UK – Work Choice.
Access to Work
Access to Work is a grant from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) which helps pay for practical support so that disabled people can do their jobs. It is provided where some needs support or adaptions beyond the reasonable adjustments which an employer is legally obliged to provide under the equality Act 2010.
If you have a health condition or a disability, Access to Work can provide practical and financial support to help you overcome barriers to starting or keeping a job.
Access to Work advisors can also give practical advice to an employer or work experience provider.
If eligible for Access to Work, support will be available for customers aged 16-24 when undertaking a work experience opportunity.
How can it help me?
Access to Work can help to pay for support you may need because of your health condition or disability, for example:
- practical help during your time on work experience such as a support worker, job coach or a sign-language interpreter aids and equipment in your workplace
- adapting equipment to make it easier for you to use
- money towards any extra travel costs to and from work experience if you can’t use available public transport or your own mode of transport
- an interpreter or other support at a job interview if you have difficulty communicating.
Do I qualify for this help?
You can apply for Access to Work support for work experience if you have a disability or health condition that has a long-term negative effect on your ability to do your work experience. Long-term means lasting or likely to last for at least 12 months and:
- you are aged 16 or over
- you live in Great Britain (England, Scotland or Wales)
- you are about to start a new work experience opportunity.
How do I apply?
For further information, or to make an application, contact Access to Work:
- Telephone: 0345 268 8489
- Textphone: 0345 608 8753
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- GOV.UK – Access to Work
- Preparing for Adulthood – Access to Work Fund
- Access to Work easy read fact sheet
Work experience enables you to spend time on an employer’s premises, observing the workplace, undertaking tasks (under supervision) alongside adults working there and learning the skills and behaviours needed at work.
Work experience is designed to bridge the gap between education and the world of work. It can:
- make you aware of jobs that you have not previously thought of
- inform career choices
- give you a chance to prove yourself to an employer
- enable you to develop the relevant occupational skills and help instil the attitudes and behaviours expected at work.
- Coming Soon
A new Work and Health Programme is expected to be introduced in 2017. It will replace both Work Choice and Work Programme, with the aim of transforming employment support for people that find it hardest to get a job; those with health conditions and disabilities and the very long term unemployed.