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Various grants and support are available for forward-thinking employers

There are two key government disability programmes – Work Choice and Access to Work.

Work choice

Work Choice is an employment programme that supports people with disabilities and people with long-term health issues. It helps them find work and, very importantly, to remain in work. The programme provides help with training, skills development, confidence building and interview coaching.

Work Choice is offered nationally and is tailored to suit the individual’s needs. There are three levels of help on offer which may be of interest to you as an employer.

  1. Work Entry Support – Advice on work and personal skills to help disabled people find a job which lasts for up to six months.
  2. In-Work Support – Help to start work and stay in a job which can last for up to two years.
  3. Long term In-Work Support – Help for people with disabilities to get on in their job and work without support.

How does someone qualify for Work Choice?

They must:

  • be of working age;
  • need support to find a job;
  • need support at work;
  • be able to work for at least 16 hours a week after Work Entry Support; and
  • have a recognised disability which makes it harder to get or keep a job, or need specialist help they can’t get from other programmes or schemes.

Access to work

Delivered through a range of providers on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions, Access to Work is a grant that helps pay for practical support in the workplace so that people who havewith a disability, health or mental health condition can do their job effectively. It also provides employees and their employer’s with advice and support to ensure that they can work productively.

Individuals may apply if they have a disability, health or mental health condition via www.gov.uk/access-to-work

Access to Work can assist with:

  • special aids and equipment;
  • adaptations to premises;
  • improving workstation layout;
  • travel to work;
  • interpreter support;
  • interpreter at interview;
  • job coach or support worker and;
  • Disability Awareness Training for management and colleagues.

Further information regarding Access to Work can be found at:

The Workplace Mental Health Support Service

Provided by Remploy in partnership with Access to Work, it offers a 100% government funded service to people who have a mental health condition and are absent from work or finding work difficult, helping them to remain in their role.

The service, delivered by fully trained professional advisers, includes:

  • work-focused mental health support over a period of six months, tailored to the individual's needs;
  • assessment of an individual’s needs to identify suitable coping strategies;
  • a personalised support plan, detailing the steps needed to remain in or return to work;
  • suggestions for adjustments in the workplace or in working practices to help individuals to fulfil their role; and
  • advice and guidance to enable employers to fully understand mental health and how they can support employees who have a mental health condition (with the employee’s permission).

Further information can be found at: www.remploy.co.uk/mentalhealth

Do you need to capitalise on new and future market opportunities?

Research shows that there are strategic benefits to employing someone with a disability. Employers who are confident about employing people with disabilities find it easier to capitalise on new market opportunities – it’s a FACT!