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Wiltshire Employment Support Team (WEST) – Wiltshire Council Service:

This service is for customers with disabilities who are aged 18 years or over, who are not supported by universal employment services and who require a specialist service to meet their eligible adult care needs. There is an eligibility criteria for this service and in all cases approval is required before making the referral. WEST can advise you on how to get a benefit calculation completed, which will clearly explain the financial benefits of moving into paid work.

Contact details:

01380 729286

Email: west.cc@wiltshire.gov.uk

Website: www.yourcareyoursupportwiltshire.org.uk/health-and-social-care/employment-support-WEST.aspx



Work Choice is a government programme – via Job Centre Plus

This can help you get and keep a job if you’re disabled and find it hard to work. It’s voluntary – you don’t have to do it. The type of support you get depends on the help you need. This is different for everyone but can include: training and developing your skills, building your confidence, interview coaching.

Contact details:

Website: www.gov.uk/work-choice/overview



Sector Based Work Academy 18-24 year olds

Sector-based work academies (sbwa) are one of the Get Britain Working measures. They usually consist of three elements: Sector-specific pre-employment training (PET) of up to 30 hours a week. A work experience placement (WEP) with an employer. A guaranteed job interview (GJI) linked to a genuine vacancy. This may take place during or after the work experience placement. In exceptional circumstances where the employer in unable to offer a GJI, the sbwa can consist of PET and WEP only. All three elements last for a maximum of six weeks but there is flexibility in that. There can be short gaps in time between elements however it is important not to lose momentum, and breaks should be kept to a minimum where possible, but attendance on sbwa activity cannot exceed six weeks in total. Training and work experience can be blended as agreed with the employer. Length of work experience will be agreed with the employer.

What are the benefits to the claimant participating in a sbwa opportunity? Give them the skills and behaviours employers want from people entering a job in a specific sector. Improve their job prospects. Allow them to undertake units towards a qualification. Gain work experience. Build their confidence. Add to their CV. Give an employer a chance to see how well they can work. Travel, childcare, and replacement care costs will be met where appropriate. A guaranteed job interview for an existing vacancy. Benefit will not be affected whilst participating.

Contact details:

Website: www.gov.uk/government/publications/sector-based-work-academies-employer-guide



New Enterprise Allowance

New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) is one of the Get Britain Working measures and is aimed at helping eligible claimants to start their own business.

Contact details:

Website: www.gov.uk/government/collections/new-enterprise-allowance-campaign



JCP (Jobcentre Plus) Careers Advice

National Careers Service advisers can help clients identify the job or career that's right for them and then plan how to get there. Help includes: finding learning & training, updating a CV and finding course funding. National Careers Service advisers visit the jobcentre weekly.

Contact details:

Website: www.gov.uk/contact-jobcentre-plus



Start Ability Services

START Ability Services (Hosts of the Association of Disabled Professionals and the Disabled Entrepreneurs' Network) Their work advice service uses a practical, common sense approach with experienced disabled advisors to overcome difficulties in employment or self-employment. They focus on providing support, advice and information to ensure that disabled people, and people with long term health conditions are able to fully contribute to the workforce. As their aim is to support all disabled people to find, retain and progress in the full range of work opportunities, they would be happy to talk to you whether you are: an employer, a representative of an organisation, or an individual. They have many years’ experience providing a national advice service for both the Association of Disabled Professionals www.adp.org.uk and the Disabled Entrepreneurs' Network. Indeed, they are widely practiced in providing an appropriate, professional service that is individually tailored to your needs. START Ability is able to advise on issues relating to employment and self employment, using their work with statutory, voluntary and private sector organisations, as well as individuals with long term health conditions and disabled people. This enables them to provide complete and comprehensive solutions to remove the barriers to participation. They provide support to individuals and employers on issues including seeking employment; recruitment and application procedures; retention of existing staff who develop impairments; support with making appropriate reasonable adjustments; support with Access to Work and how to become more "Disability Confident", to name but a few.

Contact details:

Telephone: Work Helpline: 01204 431638 (Ring back service only)

Telephone: Main Office: 01204 480075

Skype: start.ability


Website: www.startability.org.uk



Prince's Trust

The Prince's Trust was established in 1976 and now works with over 58,000 young people each year. Three out of every four young people receiving support from The Trust progress into employment, education or training. The Prince's Trust and Jobcentre Plus have a shared purpose: to increase the number of young people moving into employment or self-employment with the skills required to make those opportunities sustainable. The Prince's Trust programmes are primarily aimed at unemployed young people aged between 16-30 years old and consists of the following programmes: Get Started, Get Into Youth Work, Team, The Enterprise Programme and Fairbridge

Contact details:

Telephone: 0800 842842

Website: www.princes-trust.org.uk




Volunteer Connect Wiltshire with Community First

Use Volunteer Connect to search for volunteer roles available in Wiltshire.   

Costs of volunteering: DWP Jobcentre Plus cannot pay travel and childcare costs associated with volunteering, or the cost of CRB checks required for a placement. These costs are the responsibility of the volunteering organisation.

Affects of volunteering on benefits and forms: Benefit will not be affected but the customer must complete a form VOLWORK1JP giving details of their volunteering, to be returned to the jobcentre and filed in the customer LMU

Telephone: Community First on 01380 722475

Website: https://vcconnectsystem.org.uk/ChippenhamVMS2/VolunteerOpportunities/OpportunitySearch

Also look at the Do It Trust a national source of volunteering opportunities, and VInspired a National Source of youth volunteering opportunities.



Work Experience

Each Jobcentre will have a number of Work Experience Placements available - they are generally between 4-8 weeks and travel expenses are paid. A Work Coach can also work with a customer to help them find a work experience placement to suit them.

Contact details:

Website: www.gov.uk/moving-from-benefits-to-work/work-experience-and-volunteering



Access to Work

An Access to Work grant can pay for practical support at work if you have a disability, health or mental health condition to help you: start working stay in work move into self-employment or start a business.

Contact details:

Website: https://www.gov.uk/access-to-work



CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) Steps Ahead Mentoring

Young Person Criteria: HR and recruitment professionals advising young jobseekers. Six face-to-face mentoring meetings. Focus on CV writing, interview tips and skills, job-hunting techniques and developing self-confidence. Available nationally for young jobseekers aged 18-24. The advice from qualified recruitment and HR professionals gives young jobseekers an advantage when they look for work. They volunteer their time and expertise as mentors.
The Steps Ahead Mentoring programme can be offered to 18-24 year old customers. Usually these jobseekers will be a young person with little or no work experience and possibly lacking in confidence. School/college leaver keen to understand the behaviours and attitude expected by employers and to ensure they are prepared for work. A graduate who may need some honest feedback on the type of job and level of salary available in the current labour market. We want as many young people as possible to benefit from the Steps Ahead mentoring programme. However, mentoring isn't right for everyone and a checklist will help to identify those young people who are most likely to benefit from mentoring by an HR Professional

Contact details:

Website: www.cipd.co.uk/registerme



Wiltshire Sight

Information Pack available via post

Peer Support groups working across Wiltshire and Swindon providing advice information and support.

One to One support including help with forms.

Resource and Information Centre open 10am -3pm Monday to Friday (other hours by appointment)

Contact details:

Telephone: 01380 723682 (Our Help Line is open 10.00am till 2.00pm Monday till Friday)

Address: St Lucy’s Sight Centre, Browfort, Bath Road, Devizes, SN10 2AT

Email: info@wiltshiresight.org

Website: www.wiltshiresight.org




Evenbreak, a not-for-profit social enterprise, was formed to achieve three aims: To help inclusive employers attract more talented disabled people; To help disabled jobseekers find work with employers who will value their skills; To promote the business benefits of employing disabled people. With Evenbreak, inclusive employers can be confident that they will attract additional disabled candidates that they may not find through any other recruitment channels. Disabled jobseekers can be confident that employers who have chosen to place their vacancies on this site are serious about looking beyond their disabilities to identify what skills they have to offer.

Contact details:

Telephone: 0845 658 5717

Evenbreak, 402 Metro Central Heights, London, SE1 6DX

Email: info@evenbreak.co.uk

Website: http://www.evenbreak.co.uk/home/



Action / RNIB Employment Services

On 1 April 2017, Action for Blind People merged with RNIB. This allows us to help more blind and partially sighted people by combining our services, knowledge and expertise within one charity. Action’s vital work will continue through RNIB. We can provide specialist support and advice to help you prepare for employment, where to look, applying and interview techniques.  We can also give advice on starting your own business and staying in work if you are losing your sight.

Contact details:

Telephone: RNIB employment line: 0800 440 2255

Email: employmentline@rnib.org.uk

Website: www.rnib.org.uk/information-everyday-living/work-and-employment



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Page updated 15th May 2018