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Employment support

We support people who have a disability and who need extra support to move towards and into paid employment. Once in work we will continue to monitor your training and development needs and support you to become independent at work.

If you are referred to our service we can provide you with a bespoke one to one service. This can include the following support, advice and guidance:

  • Working with you to build your confidence and self esteem
  • Signposting to training, from basic skills to vocational and professional qualifications
  • Looking for a job
  • Completing application forms
  • Building a CV (Curriculum Vitae)
  • Advice and guidance to match you with the right job to suit your experience and skills
  • Support with interviews and interview techniques
  • Sourcing work trials so you can try a particular job and gain valuable experience
  • 'On the job' help to guide and support you through the early stages
  • Continuous development planning, in order to ensure employment is sustainable
  • Engaging with employers to negotiate training and reasonable adjustments
  • Travel training to learn how to use public transport
  • Support you to keep your job if you become disabled or are finding work difficult with your existing disability

Eligibility and referral criteria

We support people with physical disabilities, sensory impairments, learning disabilities and with autism/ASD. We can also support people with mental health issues.

To be eligible for the service you must have agreed to be referred for support and be

  • of working age
  • committed to gaining paid employment
  • willing to meet regularly
  • flexible in terms of availability for employment

We accept referrals from social care teams, education and other professionals. Job Centre Plus can also refer to our service through their Specialist Employability Support programme (SES).

After we have received a referral for you to access the service, we will contact you to arrange a meeting at a time and place that is mutually suitable.

Contact

If you would like more information about our service and whether we can help you get a paid job please contact us on:

Tel: 01772 537 468
Email: employment.services@lancashire.gov.uk

Resources and further information

Access to Work – grants to pay for practical support if you have a disability, health or mental health condition to help you start working, stay in work or move into self-employment. If you get support from our employment support service your employment officer will be happy to help you complete your application.

Prospects.ac.uk - help writing CVs and cover letters

Lancashire autism partnership board - information on services, rights, independence, choices and inclusion for people with autism.

Specialist Employability Support at RNC (The Royal National College for the Blind) - If you have a visual impairment and are eligible for Specialist Employability Support (SES), your work coach at your local Job Centre may refer you to the RNC.

Mind - work and mental health

Jobcentre Plus – find your local Jobcentre

National Government – about looking for work if you're disabled