Access to Work - Support for Learners

Access to Work - Support for Learners

Access to Work is a specialist disability service funded by the Department for Work and Pensions which gives practical advice and support to disabled people, whether they are working, self-employed or looking for employment. Access to Work is provided where someone needs support or adaptations beyond the reasonable adjustments which an employer is legally obliged to provide under the Equality Act.

At Portland College we have a team of specialist advisers who can help you consider your needs, and support you to make an application if eligible. To find out more, and to arrange to speak with one of our specialist advisers please contact (DN: Insert email address) or call (DN: Insert phone number).

There is no set amount for an Access to Work grant. How much you get depends on your circumstances.

The money can pay for things like:

  • adaptations to the equipment you use to do your job
  • special equipment needed in the workplace
  • fares to work if you can’t use public transport
  • a support worker or job coach to help you in your workplace
  • a support service if you have a mental health condition and you’re absent from work or finding it difficult to work
  • a communicator at a job interview
  • the cost of moving your equipment if you change location or job

Please note that individual eligibility rules apply.

Thank you so much for taking such great care of our daughter this last year. We were able to relax knowing she was with people who care about her

Parent of a learner