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EMPLOYMENT SCHEMES


There is a range of schemes and incentives to help you to employ a disabled person.

You should be able to obtain information on all of these through your local job centre.

Access to work
This provides support to disabled people entering paid employment, to help overcome obstacles in the workplace. It can help with the cost of special aids and equipment, adaptation to premises or equipment, travel to work, or a support worker such as a personal reader.

The programme can provide 80% of approved costs for a disabled employee in work, between 300 threshhold and 10,000, and all costs over 10,000.

It can also help with costs such as that of providing a communicator at interview.

Job Introduction Scheme
This provides a weekly grant of 75 towards the cost of employing a disabled person for an initial trial period. This is usually for 6 weeks although it may be extended to 13 weeks.

The Supported Employment Programme
This provides jobs for severely disabled people, and gives them the opportunity to realise their potential working alongside non-disabled colleagues. The Employment Service works with the local authorities and non-profit making voluntary bodies who act as providers for the Supported employment programme. Providers negotiate support to the employer and the employee, which may include a contribution to wage costs, practical advice, job coach support, or a combination of these.

Employers can be small commercial or industrial companies, major banks, local authority departments, multi-national organisations or high street stores. It fact they can be anyone who can provide meaningful work alongside non-disabled people in an ordinary working environment.

Jobs are expected to be permanent, and terms and conditions of employment must be the same as, or similar to those of other employees doing the same or similar work.

The New Deal for Disabled People
The New Deal is piloting a range of voluntary initiatives to help those with jobs remain in work, and to help those on incapacity benefits into work.

For information on this telephone 0845 606 2626 (text phone 0845 606 0680).

ACAS runs seminars for employers and offers advice on good practice. They also publish handbooks to help employers. For further information, telephone 01455 852 225.

 

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