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Specialist Employability Support

Specialist Employability Support is intensive support and training to help you into work if you’re disabled. 

You can apply if other employment programmes and schemes, such as Access to Work, are not suitable for you.

 To apply you must:

You’ll usually get Specialist Employability Support for 12 months.

To apply, contact your local Jobcentre Plus.


Access to work funding for those aged 16+

If you’re disabled or have a physical or mental health condition that makes it hard for you to do your job, you can apply for Access to Work to get extra help.

An Access to Work grant can pay for:

  • special equipment, adaptations or support worker services to help you do things like answer the phone or go to meetings
  • help getting to and from work

 The money doesn’t have to be paid back and won’t affect your other benefits.

Who is eligible?

 To get help from Access to Work you must:

  • have a disability or health condition (physical or mental) that makes it hard for you to do parts of your job or get to and from work
  • be 16 or over
  • live in England, Scotland or Wales - there’s a different system in Northern Ireland

 You also need to have a paid job, or be about to start or return to one. A paid job could include:

  • self-employment
  • an apprenticeship
  • a work trial or work experience
  • an internship 

You can’t get a grant for voluntary work.

You might not get a grant if you already get certain benefits.

How to apply

Apply for the Access to Work Fund here.


Careers and Work

Disability Rights UK have produced a factsheet on careers and work for disabled people. It includes information about your rights, finding disability-friendly employers, applications and job interviews and self-employment.

 Read the factsheet on Careers and Work for disabled people.


Support from Prospects Careers Advice

Prospects Careers Advice Plus in Havering can support young people wishing to find supported internships, apprenticeships and traineeships.

We provide independent and impartial information, advice and guidance in planning for next steps in education, training or employment, in line with London Borough of Havering funding criterion. We work in partnership with post-16 providers and other funded agencies to source a range of traineeships, apprenticeships, supported internships and work experience opportunities for the young people in Havering.

Our support is available to young people aged 13 to 25 who have Learning disabilities or difficulties, and who are transitioning within education or are not in education, employment or training (NEET).

We can:

  • tell you the courses offered in school sixth forms and colleges
  • tell you the support you might get at sixth form or college
  • talk about work-based training, apprenticeships and jobs
  • explore different job areas
  • give details about jobs that are near your home
  • talk about work experience and volunteering opportunities
  • help you write an action plan which will help you decide what to do
  • help you apply to college and/or jobs and apprenticeships
  • contribute to your Education and Health and Care (EHC) plan
  • help you find out about any benefits or other financial support you may be entitled to
  • work in partnership with the local authority to attend transition reviews in year 9 where possible

For more information, contact Prospects Careers Advice Plus in Havering on 01708 746401.  

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