ACCESS TO WORK

For Employees

WHAT IS ACCESS TO WORK?

Access to Work is a publicly funded employment support programme that aims to help more disabled people start or stay in work. It can provide practical and financial support if you have a disability or long term physical or mental health condition.

YOU CAN APPLY IF YOU:

Have a disability or Mental health condition

Have an interview for a job and need help with communication

Have just started or are already in work

Are self-employed or a business owner

Are setting up a company or become self-employed

WHAT DOES IT COVER?

Practical help at work, such as a job coach to help develop work skills and strategies

A support worker to help with daily activities

Special equipment and software for your workplace

Adapting equipment to make it easier for you to use

Money towards any extra travel costs to and from work

Interpreter or other support at job interviews if you have communication difficulties

ANYTHING ELSE I SHOULD KNOW?

Apply within 6 weeks of your new job. The sooner you apply for Access to Work the more effective it will be and the more support you are likely to get. You can choose your own supplier, even if they are not in your report.

If you are self-employed or employ less than 50 people you are unlikely to pay for any of the support.

HOW DO I APPLY?

You can apply Online or by calling Jobcentre Plus on:

Telephone: 0800 121 7479

Textphone: 0800 121 7579

To find out more go to https://www.gov.uk/access-to-work

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