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Disability Employment Advisers

If you need extra employment support because of a disability, your local Jobcentre Plus office can put you in touch with one of their Disability Employment Advisers.

Disability Employment Advisers (DEAs) can give you help and support regardless of your situation. They can help you find work or gain new skills even if you have been out of work for a long time, or if you have little or no work experience.

Services provided by Disability Employment Advisers

Your Disability Employment Adviser can offer you:

  • an employment assessment to identify what type of work or training suits you best
  • a referral, where appropriate, to Work Preparation, an individually tailored programme designed to help some disabled people
  • a referral to a work programme for disabled people, like the Job Introduction Scheme, WORKSTEP or Access to Work
  • a referral, if needed, to an Work Psychologist for a more detailed employment assessment to identify the best work or training for you
  • a job-matching and referral service - the DEA can let you know about jobs that match your experience and skills
  • information on employers in your area who have adopted the 'two ticks' disability symbol

Employment assessments

An employment assessment can help you identify your abilities and strengths. At the end of it, you and your DEA will have created an action plan of steps you can take towards achieving your employment goals. 

What happens at the assessment

Your employment assessment will usually take place at your local Jobcentre Plus office or Jobcentre. You will have an interview with your DEA, which is an opportunity for the two of you to:

  • talk about your skills and abilities
  • discuss any previous work experience you may have
  • agree what might be the most suitable job for you

As part of the assessment, you may be asked to carry out some practical tasks and written work. These tasks will be similar to common tasks involved in various types of work.

The assessment may take half a day or longer, depending on your individual needs. The DEA will discuss the length of your assessment with you beforehand. 

After the assessment

You and your DEA will talk about your assessment and agree on an action plan to help you achieve your job goals. Your action plan may include training or taking part in the 'Work Preparation' programme.

An employment assessment does not affect your benefits. You can claim travel expenses for attending an assessment.

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