Help with work and training
Help with finding a job
You can look for a job through your local Jobcentre Plus office, personal contacts, newspapers and websites adverts or employment agencies.
Jobcentre Plus offices have Disability Employment Advisers (DEAs) who provide support to people with disabilities. They may be able to help with assessments, referral to schemes for people with disabilities (such as Work Choice), job matching and information on employers who are positive about employing people with disabilities.
If you are on benefits, you can ask your local Jobcentre Plus about how your benefits might be affected. Visit GOV.UK for more details.
Access to Work
Access to Work is a scheme that supports people with disabilities and their employers. If you have problems or particular needs at work because of your epilepsy, Access to Work may be able to help fund solutions. For example, they may be able to fund reasonable adjustments such as equipment or extra support at work, or to help with the cost of getting to and from work if you are not able to drive or use public transport. See also help with travel costs.
Help with work, skills and training
Here are details of some organisations that may be useful when you are looking for work or making decisions about education or training.
- Disability Rights UK – information to support people with disabilities in education and training
- Jobcentre Plus – (Disability Employment Advisers) information on training and employment for people with disabilities.
- learndirect – information on learndirect centres and courses
- Local libraries and colleges – details of adult and further education courses. See your local phone book.
- National Extension College – information about open (distance) learning.
- Open University – information about open (distance) learning courses
- Shaw Trust – supports people with disabilities with getting work.
- Local volunteer bureau or Volunteering England – information about opportunities for voluntary work. Volunteering can give you new skills and can show your commitment and initiative.
Help with employment law and discrimination
If you feel that you have suffered from discrimination in employment, or you need other advice regarding your legal position at work, here are details of some organisations that can help.
- Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) – advice for employers and employees.
- Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) – free confidential and independent advice.
- Disability Law Service – national charity offering free legal advice to individuals about the Equality Act and employment.
- Equality and Human Rights Commission – information promoting equality.
- Health and Safety Executive – guidance on health and safety legislation.
- The Pensions Advisory Service (TPAS) – information on pension schemes.
- Trade unions – contact the personnel or human resources department where you work. Most trade unions have positive policies on the employment of people with disabilities and can help in cases of discrimination.
Taken from our employment leaflet. Order this leaflet from our online shop as part of our 'first five free' offer.