The Access to Work scheme is a government initiative that provides disabled people with the support they need to find and stay in employment. Employers can play a vital role in supporting this scheme by becoming disability confident and promoting Access to Work within their organisation.
Access to Work can support disabled people, including workplace adjustments, specialist equipment, and personal support workers. This support can make a huge difference to someone’s ability to work, and it is something that employers should be aware of and promote within their organisation.
Auctus Management Group is accredited as a Disability Confident Leader and has found that having this status is a great way to show our commitment to supporting disabled people in the workplace. Access to Work can be a valuable resource for your organisation.
What type of help is provided by Access to Work?
There are several ways in which Access to Work can support disabled people in the workplace:
Assistance with travel costs: Access to Work can provide funding towards the cost of travel, whether that’s help with public transport costs or a personalised travel budget. This can significantly affect someone’s ability to get to and from work.
Workplace adjustments: Access to Work can provide funding for workplace adjustments, such as adaptations to computer equipment or ramp installation. This can help disabled people carry out their roles more effectively and make the workplace more inclusive.
Specialist equipment: Access to Work can provide funding for specialist equipment, such as Braille printers or sign language interpreters. This can significantly affect someone’s ability to communicate and carry out their role effectively.
Personal support workers: Access to Work can provide funding for personal support workers, who can provide practical and emotional support in the workplace. This can significantly affect someone’s ability to stay in employment.
How do employers support Access to Work?
As employers, we have a vital role in supporting Access to Work by becoming disability confident and promoting Access to Work within our organisation and the wider sector.
Being a Disability Confident Leader demonstrates our commitment to inclusion and diversity in the workplace and sends a strong message that we are an Access to Work-friendly employer.
There are many ways we promote Access to Work within our organisation:
- Share information about Access to Work with our employees, so they know the available support.
- Include information about Access to Work in our recruitment materials and website, so disabled candidates are aware of the available support.
- We made Access to Work part of our induction process for new employees so they know the support available and how to access it.
- Access to Work information is displayed in our workplace, so it is visible to everyone.
Becoming a Disability Confident Employer
Becoming a disability-confident employer is a great way to show our commitment to supporting disabled people in the workplace.
We support the Access to Work scheme because it provides additional support to employees who have a disability or health condition.
Access to Work can also be a valuable resource for your organisation. By promoting the scheme within our organisation, we try to make a real difference to the lives of disabled people.
If you would like to know more about Access to Work and how you can apply, then visit https://www.gov.uk/access-to-work. Additional information is also available at https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/access-work
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