Access to Work - Support for Employers

Help to enable disabled colleagues and your business to access funding support available from DWP

Access to Work - Support for Employers

Access to Work is a grant from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) which helps pay for practical support so that disabled people can do their jobs.

It is provided where someone needs support or workplace adaptations beyond the reasonable adjustments which an employer is legally obliged to provide under the Equality Act 2010.

Access to Work is accessible on a self-referral basis, however for businesses they are working with, Portland College can help individuals and their employers submit an application. In the cases where a young person is studying or about to start a course provided by Portland College such as a Traineeship, the College may even be able to submit their application.

If an employee has a disability, health or mental health condition that is likely to last for 12 months or more, Access to Work can give them and their employer advice, and support with extra costs which may arise because of specific needs.

Access to Work can help you in a number of ways. For example, it can help pay for:

  • adaptations to premises and equipment
  • special aids and equipment
  • support workers
  • travel to work where there is no practical public transport alternative, and travel within work
  • awareness training for employees

There is no set amount for an Access to Work grant, and how much an individual in any business receives depends upon their own circumstances and that of the business.

For further information about how Portland College can help your business and your current or future employees please contact our employment team.

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