Are those kinds of questions running round in your thoughts at the moment? Maybe you’re thinking you’d like to make a fresh start in the new year. Although, you don’t have to wait until the New Year if you are thinking about the world of employment! Perhaps you’re caring for someone with learning disabilities and/ or autism and not sure which route to go to help them into employment?
Returning to work or changing job can be a daunting and overwhelming in most circumstances. Stepping outside your comfort zone can be intimidating. If any of the above apply to you, help is definitely available in the shape of the WorkAid scheme.
Help for you to find that dream job
Part of Supported Employment West Sussex, the WorkAid scheme aims to match adults with learning disabilities and /or autism with suitable work placements. As a candidate, Workaid can help you with the following:
- Identifying jobs suitable to you
- Understanding the skills you already have and how they can be transferrable
- CV Writing
- Finding work experience placements
- Job searching
- Filling in application forms
- Writing covering letters
- Preparing for interviews
- Going to the interview with you if you need support
- Support you and your employer when you start your job, including setting up reasonable adjustments where necessary.
- Short term job coaching in your new role; helping you to learn tasks and the expectations in the workplace.
- Talking to you and your employer about your progress and any concerns either side may have and help to resolve them.
The WorkAid programme aims to empower you by raising your self-confidence, independence and self-esteem while challenging perceptions of disability in the workplace.
Support to suit your needs
We aim to meet a range of support needs and complexities by offering different levels (‘Tiers’) of support. Once your level of support is agreed, a programme to progress into work and/or support to access longer term support will be jointly developed, giving you the steps to move into your new position.
For some, a referral form from West Sussex County Council’s Life-Long Services Team will be required, however in all cases, please do get in touch with us as the first step is to find or maintain a job.
Have you considered voluntary work?
For many people with learning disabilities and/or autism, voluntary work is a vital and important step towards reaching your goal of paid work. Until March 2022, we will be running the WorkAid Voluntary Pathway. This pathway aims to support people into volunteer placements in their local communities to help build employability skills such as confidence, team-working and customer service. Referrals to this scheme are available through Lifelong Services only.
Am I eligible for the Workaid service?
To be eligible the Workaid service, you must fulfil the following:
- Have a lifelong disability
- Be Aged 16+
- Live in West Sussex
- Have the right to work in the UK
- Not already be mandated onto a DWP or on an ESF funded employment program. (Such as the Work and Health Programme)
- Not be in full-time education (over 16 hours a week)
For general advice and information about services available for you, please contact us to speak with one of our specialist team members today.