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The UK Government has various programmes and grants to help with finding and keeping employment if you are:
Website - www.gov.uk/employment/work
The below is not an exhaustive list, and we will try our best to keep these resources updated.
Access to Work Grant
If you’re disabled or have a physical or mental health condition that makes it hard for you to do your job, you can: talk to your employer about changes they must make in your workplace get extra help from Access to Work, including mental health support.
Talk to your employer about changes they must make in your workplace.
Your employer must make certain changes (known as ‘reasonable adjustments’) to make sure you’re not substantially disadvantaged when doing your job. These could include changing your working hours or providing equipment to help you do your job.
You should talk to your employer about reasonable adjustments before you apply for Access to Work.
The easy read guide explains:
Intensive Personalised Employment Support
Intensive Personalised Employment Support is one-to-one support and training to help you into work if you have a disability or health condition.
To apply you must:
What you’ll get:
You’ll get a dedicated support worker to help you:
You’ll usually get Intensive Personalised Employment Support for 15 months. You can get an additional 6 months of on-the-job support if you find employment.
Work and Health Programme
The Work and Health Programme helps you find and keep a job if you’re out of work.
It’s voluntary - unless you’ve been out of work and claiming unemployment benefits for 24 months.
The Kickstart Scheme
The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create jobs for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit.
The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create new jobs for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment. Employers of all sizes can apply for funding which covers:
100% of the National Minimum Wage (or the National Living Wage depending on the age of the participant) for 25 hours per week for a total of 6 months
Associated employer National Insurance contribution any relevant workplace pension contributions (automatic enrolment)
Employers can spread the job start dates up until 31 December 2021. You’ll get funding until 30 June 2022 if a young person starts their job on 31 December 2021.
Further funding is available for training and support so that young people on the scheme can get a job in the future.
Website - www.gov.uk/government/publications/easy-read-universal-credit
Easy Read Guide - Introduction to Universal Credit
Easy Read Guide - Who Can Apply
PiP - Personal Independence Payment
Website - www.gov.uk/government/publications/about-pip-what-it-is-and-how-to-claim-it-easy-read-guide
Easy Read Guide - Get Help from Personal Independence Payment
Easy Read Guide - How to Claim Personal Independence Payment
Easy Read Guide - Supporting Information for Personal Independence Payment
Easy Read Guide - What to Expect at your Personal Independence Payment Assessment
Easy Read Guide - Important things to know about our Personal Independence Payment decision
DWP can help to provide a bespoke service for schools and they are keen to state that the support for schools is demand-led, flexible and responsive and the school decides! The priority is to work with vulnerable young people (12 to 19), particularly those identified as potential NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training).