Work Choice

Do you have a disability that is stopping you getting back to work?

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Work Choice is an employment programme that supports people with disabilities who face real barriers when it comes to finding and keeping work.

Work Choice is flexible and individually tailored to your needs.

It will help you reach your full potential so you can move into independent, unsupported employment. Work Choice helps people who wish to work at least 16 hours a week.

This project is part-financed by the European Social Fund.

Joining Work Choice

You will be referred to Work Choice by a Disability Employment Adviser at your local Job Centre who will send your details onto us. Our team of advisers are friendly, helpful and have many years experience of helping people with disabilities into work.

At our first meeting, we:

  • discuss your strengths, job goals and support needs;
  • produce a simple development plan. This is a living document which sets out the actions both you and we will take to help you find a job. It also details the support you will receive;
  • agree a start date for the program.

Once on Work Choice, we start looking for jobs immediately. We agree how often we should meet and arrange our next meetings and assessments.

Everything we talk about is confidential.

Once we understand your skills, aspirations and support needs we will put together a tailored package of support to help you find work. We work closely with you to match you to the right job and develop your skills.

Support includes:

  • job search: approaching employers, help with CV’s, application and interview technique;
  • work trials: so you can try out jobs and gain experience;
  • training: this may include basic ICT, help with literacy and numeracy skills and vocational qualifications that will accredit the skills you gain in employment;
  • confidence building;
  • weekly job clubs, group work, visits to local employers.

Starting a new job

We will agree a support plan with you and your new employer and stay in regular contact. We can also talk to your new employer to see what (if any) adjustments need to be made and help you apply for funding towards workplace adjustments.

We help you plan your travel to and from work.

In addition we offer:

  • ‘on the job’ coaching to help you learn work tasks;
  • disability awareness training to your new employer. If necessary, this can be tailored so they understand your specific needs.

To help you achieve your career goals, your development plan is updated continually.

If you think that Work Choice can help you: