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Access to employment

 Below is some informative advice about access to work for those Charnwood residents living with disabilities.


Access to Work scheme

The Access to Work scheme is available to help overcome the practical problems some people with disabilities may experience in work or getting to work. Through Access to Work, Jobcentre Plus offers a grant towards the approved costs that arise, which can help pay for:

  • A communicator for deaf people or those who have a hearing impairment and need a communicator with them at an interview
  • Special equipment (or alterations to existing equipment) to suit particular work needs arising from disability
  • Alterations to premises or working environment if needed because of a disability
  • Help towards the cost of getting to work if a disabled person is unable to use public transport

The Disability Employment Advisor (DEA) at your local Jobcentre or Jobcentre Plus office can put you in touch with a specialist Access to Work Adviser who can tell you more about how Access to Work can support you.

The DEA at the Loughborough Office is Sunita Sharma on: 01509 831356.
The Disability Service Team for the East Midlands Region can be contacted on: 0115 989 5772.


Disability Confident Scheme

Through the Disability Confident campaign, the government is working with employers to remove barriers, increase understanding and ensure that disabled people have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations. The key aims and objectives of the scheme are to:

  • challenge attitudes towards disability
  • increase understanding of disability
  • remove barriers for disabled people and those with long term health conditions in employment
  • ensure that disabled people have the opportunities to fulfill their potential and realise their aspirations

Disability confident scheme

We have adopted Level 1 of the scheme, which involves attaining a number of criteria around themes of:

  • Getting the right people for your business
  • Keeping and developing your people

We have adopted the Disability Confident symbol and it is visible on all job advertisements and all application packs that are sent out.

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