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Employment support

If you are referred to the Employment Support Service we can give you advice and help to look for and get a job.

Once in work we will monitor your training and development needs and support you to become independent at work.

We do this through supported employment - a way of helping people with a disability who need extra support to move towards and into work.

The support you get will depend on your needs. Some of the services we provide are:

  • 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
  • Filling in application forms
  • Putting together a CV (Curriculum Vitae) to send to employers
  • Advice and guidance to match you with the right job for your experience and skills
  • Help through the interview process
  • Finding work trials so you can try a job and gain 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
  • Helping you to learn how to use public transport
  • Help to keep your job if you become disabled or are finding work difficult with your existing disability

Eligibility and referral

We support people with physical disabilities, sensory impairments, learning disabilities, autism/ASD or mental health problems.

To access the service you must be of working age and have a goal of 16 hours or more paid employment per week.

We accept referrals from the Job Centre, social care, education and other professionals. 

After we get a referral for you to access the service, we will contact you to arrange a meeting at a time and place to suit you. From this meeting we'll start to write a development plan with you.

If you are unsure about the referral process, please contact us and we will discuss it further.

Contact

If you would like more information about our service and whether we can help you get a paid job please contact our Business Support Team 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