This article lists the support available in Sheffield to help young people with disabilities and health conditions to find and keep a job.
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Last updated: 14/03/2019
Sheffield Futures provide careers advice. They run careers information, advice and guidance sessions at schools across Sheffield, and drop-in sessions at Star House on Division Street. They also have a specialist team of advisors who work with young people in special schools. Sheffield Futures can help with job hunting and finding training opportunities and apprenticeships.
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Jobcentre Plus have School Advisors who work with young people aged 12-18 years to develop their employability skills. Their aim is to support the effective transition from school into work, training or further study. The service is led by demand from schools and can help with things like CVs, applications, interview techniques, work experience placements, understanding routes into traineeships and apprenticeships. Sessions are delivered through assemblies, group sessions or on a one-to-one basis. They are happy to talk to parents too!
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Sheffield College and Sheaf Training offer Supported Internship courses for young people with EHC plans. These courses primarily consist of work placements with local employers, but also offer the chance to study for relevant qualifications, as well as English and Maths. Wherever possible, students are supported to move into paid employment at the end of the programme.
Jobcentres can help young people with SEND aged 18 and over to find a job, gain new skills, get information about disability-friendly employers, and discuss other support available. They can refer the young person to a specialist work psychologist, if appropriate, or carry out an 'employment assessment' of their skills and experience and what kind of roles they are interested in.
The government have also published guidance on their website: Help and support for young disabled people to find and stay in work.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) provides a programme of intensive support for all 18 to 21 year olds making a new claim to Universal Credit. This is known as the Youth Obligation Support Programme. There is more advice on the Gov.UK website: Support for 18 to 21 year olds claiming Universal Credit.
Jobcentres can refer those who need a higher level of support on to a new programme called Better Working Futures. Run by Reed in Partnership, this programme focuses on helping disadvantaged groups (particularly people with health conditions or disabilities) to find and sustain work. Employment advisors work with participants for up to 15 months, with an additional six months once participants are in work. The offer includes one-to-one meetings, better-off calculations, support to access local services, funding for travel, interview clothing or external training, and workshops and support to address complex needs and barriers, such as housing or money issues. Referrals can only be made through Jobcentre Plus, and there is no guarantee that the young person will be accepted on the programme.
Specialist Employability Support is a programme of intensive support and training to help disabled people into work. It is aimed at people for whom other employment programmes and schemes, such as Access to Work, are not suitable.
The programme is open to young people aged 16 and over who are unemployed and who have a disability or health condition that affects the work they can do.
Specialist Employability Support is usually provided for 12 months. See the information on the government website Specialist Employability Support for more information.
Supported Employment has been successfully used as a model for supporting people with significant disabilities to secure and retain paid employment. The model uses a partnership strategy to enable people with disabilities to achieve sustainable long-term employment and businesses to employ valuable workers. For more information visit the British Association for Supported Employment (BASE) website: Information for jobseekers. For a list of local organisations and services that can provide information, advice and support around employment, visit the Disability Sheffield website: Employment Support.
Access to Work is a government grant scheme which is aimed at supporting disabled people to take up or remain in work. Grants can be given for a wide range of interventions that help to break down barriers to work. For example, communication support at job interviews; a reader for somebody with a visual impairment; a specialist job coach for a person with a learning disability; specialist aids and equipment; awareness training for colleagues; help towards taxi fares for someone who cannot use public transport; alterations to premises; or access to a mental health support service.
To qualify for the scheme, the young person must be aged 16 or over and have a disability or health condition (physical or mental) that makes it hard for them to do parts of their job or travel to and from work. They must also be employed or self-employed; have received a job offer; or be on an apprenticeship, traineeship, supported internship, work trial or work experience. Support is also available for job interviews.
The amount of money the young person can get will depend on their circumstances. It doesn’t have to be paid back and will not affect their other benefits (although specific rules apply to young people who receive Employment Support Allowance).
Contact: 0800 1217479 / www.gov.uk/access-to-work/overview