If you have left education
Opportunity Sheffield are the Council’s employment and skills service.
They help people who want to start their employment journey but don't know how. This includes those with disabilities and physical or mental health issues.
They run projects part funded through the European Social Fund (ESF). These are called the ESF Pathways. Pathways to Success supports those with disabilities and physical or mental health issues. It is for those aged 18 and over. You can read more information from page 16 on this booklet.
Pathways to Success work with other organisations on projects. They offer training courses designed to help get people back into work. You can read more information from page 17 on this booklet.
You can contact Opportunity Sheffield to find out more:
Telephone: 0114 229 6168
Sheffield Supported Employment
It is a contract led by Barnsley Local Authority. It includes Sheffield and Doncaster Local Authorities. It started in November 2022. Funding is in place until March 2025. In Sheffield, there are 2 job coaches available to give support.
What the scheme is and who is it for
To help adults (18+) with Learning Disabilities and / or Autism into a paid job. They will receive support from a Job Coach for:
- help to get a paid job and not work placements
- CV writing
- job applications
- looking at work trials as a working interview, if needed
- in the work place help with training and job instruction
- close working with the person and employer
- developing the employment and making progress
- working towards more hours, if wanted.
The job coaches will:
- speak to the person who has applied and get a vocational profile. All based on their wishes and wants for the future.
- look at all areas of their life to see what sort of work they would like and how they may find it for them
- speak with different employers that are of interest.
- There is a check sent to the DWP to make sure you can apply. DWP is the Department for Work and Pensions. This is to check the person exists and is “economically inactive”.
- The person must not be employed, in full time education or on any other funded programme.
- Be known to Adult Social Care. There is flexibility with this. You can still apply if not known to Adult Social Care.
If the programme isn't right for the individual, the job coaches will look to find another which is.
There is an independent audit every six months. This is to assess the quality of provision and success of the programme.
How to apply
Telephone: 07917 597 740
Team e-mail: email@example.com
Supported Employment - national programme
Supported Employment helps people with significant disabilities. It helps them move towards and into paid work.
For more information visit the British Association for Supported Employment (BASE) website. Click on the logo.
Visit the Disability Sheffield website. They have a list of local organisations and services that give information and advice on getting a job. Click on the logo.
Jobcentres can help young people with SEND aged 18 and over:
- find a job,
- get new skills,
- get information about disability friendly employers
- discuss other support available.
They can refer the young person to a Disability Employment Advisor (DEA) or a specialist work psychologist. They can carry out an 'employment assessment' of their skills and experience. This helps see what kind of roles they are interested in.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has launched “Youth Hubs”. They have done this alongside Sheffield City Council. The Youth Hubs are located with different organisations across the city. These organisations work together with other services. They offer a range of services to support young people in the community. The support offered will vary in each Youth Hub.
In Sheffield, the Youth Hubs are:
Better Working Futures
Jobcentres can refer those who need a higher level of support on to a programme called Better Working Futures (Work and Health Programme). Run by Reed in Partnership, this programme focuses on helping disadvantaged groups (particularly people with health conditions or disabilities) to find and keep 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.
Not in Education, Employment and Training (NEET) and Vulnerable people fact sheet
A factsheet has been created with Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) information. It has been designed for young people not in education, employment and training (NEET) and vulnerable people.
Click here to download.