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Training and employment

Finding a job or choosing a career

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:

  • Council jobs in West Sussex
  • Jobs in education in West Sussex
  • MyWorkSearch - an online toolkit that helps jobseekers find job opportunities.  It also has a job finder and a CV builder. You will need to sign up in any West Sussex library for an individual account to access this resource. Once you have signed up you can use it anywhere.

Help and advice for disabled and autistic people

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.

  • Workaid is a supported employment service for people with a learning disability or for autistic people.
  • Workability supports people with either a physical or sensory impairment, people with an acquired brain injury and family and friend carers.
  • Southdowns supported employment service is integrated with the mental health recovery teams to provide tailored support to individuals.
  • The Government has issued guidance for employers on employing disabled people and people with health conditions. This gives information on financial support available including:
    • Reasonable adjustments – what the law says and financial help available.
    • Help with the extra costs disabled people face in work.
    • Extra support for small employers.

Adult learning opportunities

Search our Local Groups and Activities directory 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.

Finding a Disability Confident Employer

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. 

Access to Work Funding

If you’re disabled or have a health condition Access to Work is a Government grant to help you work. It is available if you are offered or are already in a paid job (including zero hour contracts and self-employed) or if you are in work place training.

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.

Go to The Local Offer websitefor further details and short films explaining how to make an application.

There is an  Easy Read Guide here and go to this webpageif you are applying because you are in a training work placement.

Last reviewed: 18/07/2019

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