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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. 

Taken from our employment leaflet. Order this leaflet from our online shop as part of our 'first five free' offer.

For more information about epilepsy and support, please contact our helpline on 01494 601 400 or email (open Monday and Tuesday 9-4pm, Wednesday 9-7.30pm).