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The National Careers Service provides help online, by telephone or face-to-face to help you choose or change career.
Job Centre Plus is a universal service - this means they will help anyone on benefits to find work or move closer to being in work. They have offices in most large towns and you can find your nearest one by putting in your postcode on the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) website.
Search for a new job:
Your physical, learning disabilities, autism or mental ill health need not prevent you finding a rewarding job.
The Job Centres new Personal Support Package offers tailored employment support. You will be given a named ‘work coach’ who will help you plan and access specialist programmes and longer term specialist support.
Both the NHS and the County Council fund services that can support you with training, employment and volunteering opportunities.
This gives information on financial support available including:
Read our Getting out and about page to find directories for adult learning activities and training courses in your area.
Aspire Sussex Limited a social enterprise delivering adult education across West Sussex. Aspire offers a wide range of courses working with community and voluntary organisations and offers discounts for people on benefits.
Learning in Libraries - You can find events and activities at West Sussex libraries.
The University of the Third Age (U3A) has opportunities for anyone no longer in full-time employment to pursue learning in a friendly environment.
The governments ‘Disability Confident Employer’ scheme replaced ‘Two Ticks’ a couple of years ago and has gained considerable momentum since then. There are three different levels and employers are encouraged to ‘sign up’ and commit to a range of actions. The scheme helps them think differently about disability, and improve how they attract, recruit and retain disabled workers.
More and more businesses are signing up to Disability Confident every week. You can look up the area you are interested in when you download the list of organisations signed up from this webpage.
Your local Job Centre will know the local employers who are part of the scheme and can recommend organisations to you.
Funding, up to £59,200, can cover a wide range of things such as: taxi fares, equipment, job coach or supporter, interpreters, counselling, awareness training for colleagues, Notetakers, or software etc. There is no set amount for an Access to Work grant, and how much an individual receives depends upon their circumstances.