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Sources of employment support and advice

Sources of employment support and advice

The following organisations offer a range of advice, support and guidance on recruitment and employment issues including sharing information about your disability or health condition with prospective employers:

AADD-UK

Raising awareness, help and support for adults with ADHD. Includes list of regional support groups: http://aadduk.org/help-support/support-groups

Blind in Business

Advice and support for blind/visually impaired students and graduates. Offer bespoke training and help with job search, interview practice sessions and support on getting adjustments during the recruitment process: http://www.blindinbusiness.org.uk/students/graduates-and-undergraduates

British Dyslexia Association

Provides dyslexia information for those in or seeking employment. Includes advice on getting an assessment, looking for work and workplace adjustments. http://www.bdadyslexia.org.uk/

Careers with Disabilities

One-stop resource for disabled people and employers, providing detailed information about your rights, grants and schemes available to you, job application tips, and a jobs board: https://www.careerswithdisabilities.com/disabled-people/ 

Deafscope

Deaf community directory bringing together deaf-friendly and owned businesses, places, services, professionals and events: https://www.deafscope.com/

Disability Rights UK

Support and advice (including factsheets) on a range of work issues including education, benefits and careers: http://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/

Employability

Offers support, advice and guidance on the recruitment process including application advice and interview support. Also provide personalised adjustments advice and can advocate on your behalf to employers. Works directly with many employers including Google, Goldman Sachs, NHS and Barclays to provide insight days and networking, as well as internships and graduate opportunities. http://www.employ-ability.org.uk/

Equal Approach

Specialist provider of diversity and inclusion solutions, with a focus on attraction, recruitment, retention and promotion of diverse talent. Its jobs board Reach connects you with inclusive organisations committed to diversity: https://reach.equalapproach.com/

Equality and Human Rights Commission

Provides information on disability-related legislation and your rights, plus advice on a range of subjects, including workplace adjustments: http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/

Exceptional Individuals

Specialist recruitment service providing recruitment and employment support to individuals with dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD and autism. Offer CV support, free job coaching, online workshops and a neurodiverse jobs board: http://www.exceptionalindividuals.com/

MyPlus Students' Club

Provides students with disabilities with advice and support to navigate the recruitment process and achieve your career potential. Search for jobs and internships with disability confident employers and browse resources and blog articles on applying with a disability, sharing information and requesting adjustments: https://myplusstudentsclub.com/

National Autistic Society (NAS)

Help and advice for autistic people with job-seeking and CV writing. They offer a free online module on finding employment and you can also download their interactive Finding Work handbook, which covers choosing a suitable role, applications and interviews, finding work experience and preparing for the workplace: https://www.autism.org.uk/shop/products/books-and-resources/finding-work-interactive-ebook 

They also create accessible job opportunities through their Autism at Work programme: http://www.autism.org.uk/about/adult-life/work.aspx

Papworth Trust

Provide support to disabled people, including a programme called JETS (job entry target support) and action planning with a personal work coach: https://www.papworthtrust.org.uk/work/

Remploy

Website includes advice on understanding your skills as well as practical tips for applications and interviews. You can also chat with online advisers, for example to talk through your options of whether and when to tell employers about your disability or mental health condition: https://www.remploy.co.uk/individuals/finding-work-and-support-work

Scope

Charity working towards equality for disabled people. Offer one-to-one sessions with a specialist careers adviser for those aged 16 to 25 via their Career Pathways programme, as well as online work and careers advice: https://www.scope.org.uk/employment-services/

Shaw Trust

Working to support those with complex needs into the workplace: https://www.shawtrust.org.uk/what-we-do/#employability-and-skills