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The information below outlines the various support available through Jobcentre Plus and is intended to help you find and keep a job.
- 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
- 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
- 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. Find out more at GOV.UK – Specialist Employability Support.
- Work experience
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.
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.