well yes! If you are disabled and looking for work, you can go to a Disability Employment Adviser (DEA) at your closest Jobcentre. They can assist you in finding work or even gaining new skills to get a better one. They can also tell you employers that are disability friendly who hire in your area.
They can give you an assessment about employment by asking you to tell them about your work experience and skills and what jobs you are interested in. This will pinpoint your strengths and allow them to work with you to come up with a plan to help you get one of the jobs you want. They can also refer you to a work psychologist that can give you a more in-depth assessment.
They can talk to you about programs and grants that will help you get a job. They include:
- Work Choice
- Residential Training
- Access to Work
With Work Choice, you will get training and help with building your skills as well as preparing you for the process of applying and obtaining the job of your dreams. Work Choice provides three levels of help:
To qualify for Work Choice, you must be working age, be able to work sixteen hours a week after the initial level of support, and need a specialist’s help that you cannot get from other government programs.
For residential training, there are courses that will help you in getting a job and teach you how to keep the job.The courses are aimed toward jobs like administrative positions, catering, retail, horticulture, and tourism jobs. This program also helps with your living and travel costs. To qualify, you must be an unemployed UK resident with a disability and at least eighteen years old.
The Access to Work grant can assist you in paying for support if you have a disability. It can help you start and stay in work or even start a business. However, the money cannot go to the business’ start up costs, but it can go to a variety of other things. The costs could be for special equipment, travel fares, support services, and training. The grant will cover up to £40, 800 annually, the amount you get depends on your circumstances. To receive this grant, you must at least sixteen years old and about to start a job or already working. Your disability must hinder your ability to work. You might be ineligible if you are already enrolled in programs such as Incapacity Benefit, Employment and Support Allowance, Severe Disablement Allowance, Income Support, or National Insurance Credits.
For Work Choice and Residential Training, you will have to speak with a DEA at a local Jobcentre. To apply for Access to Work, you will have to contact them, print the eligibility letter and take it to your employer or job interview, and when contacted by an adviser, you can tell them what help you are needing.