Access to Work

Access to Work is a government-run programme provided via Jobcentre Plus. Access to Work is there to help remove barriers so disabled people can apply for jobs. Access to Work also provides support when you get a new job so you can do your work with confidence.

The programme helps by providing advice, an assessment of your employee’s disability needs in the workplace and if required, a financial grant towards the cost of any necessary support.

Access to Work enables disabled people to contribute to the success of your business.

Who is Access to Work for?

Access to Work can provide a grant towards the additional employment costs resulting from an employee’s disability that an employer would not normally be expected to provide.

To be eligible for Access to Work the applicant must be:

  • in a paid job
  • unemployed and about to start a job
  • unemployed and about to start a work trial
  • self-employed
  • on permitted work

The person’s disability or health condition must stop them from being able to do parts of their job, and this must be likely to last for 12 months or more.


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