FAQs – Employers

 What support is available to employers?

  • We give advice and guidance on disability legislation
  • We will give on the job support for as long as is necessary
  • We give assistance and information on a range of employment related issues (i.e. health & safety)

What if the person needs alterations/equipment – isn’t it going to cost the company a lot of money?

If a disabled person starts a new job 100% funding is available via Access to Work for approved assessed equipment/alterations. For existing employees, access to work will pay 80% of approved costs after the first £300. Deaf2Work will support this process.

What are the benefits of employing a person with a disability?

  • £4.8 billion a year is spent by disabled people.
  • The workforce is reflective of the diverse nature of the community.
  • Portray company in a positive way, through the eyes of the society.
  • The sickness absence rate of people with disabilities is low.
  • People with disabilities are keen, loyal workers and tend to stay with a company, therefore reducing recruitment costs

How does it work?

You have a vacancy – providing a job opportunity for a deaf person or you wish to retain the skills and expertise of an employee who has a disability likely to deteriorate over time.

What sort of work can I offer?

There are no restrictions on the type of work you can offer. Deaf people work in manufacturing, retail, catering, horticulture, local government, civil service and many more businesses.

How long does it last?

  • Jobs are usually permanent, but if seasonal work is normal, the job must be for a minimum of 6 months.
  • The hours worked should be 16 or more.

What is expected of you as the employer?

You will provide the employment, workplace and tools, training and supervision line management to develop the skills and personal qualities for the employee to progress, if possible, into unsupported employment employ the person on same terms and conditions as other employees who do the same or similar type of work work with the provider and employee to implement and support the employee’s development plan include the employee in your training and development opportunities

What does Deaf2Work do?

  • D2W will work closely with you to match people to suitable vacancies D2W will provide you with a package of support
  • Advice on related issues, e.g. raising disability awareness of managers or colleagues
  • Work with you to design a development plan (Written up by the Employment Officer)
  • Monitor the training and development every 4 months
  • Negotiate time bound financial support for training and development (see below)

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