The Employment Service supports disabled people looking for work, in work and on supported internships. We also help employers who wish to be more inclusive.
1. Looking for work
We make sure you know about your rights and reasonable adjustments. This means you can look for the work you want, in the way you want.
We provide Job Coaches, Support Workers and travel support.
We make sure your employer is making reasonable adjustments. We support you with Access to Work claims.
3. Supported internships
We run three supported internships for young people aged 16-25. They are at Charing Cross Hospital, Hammersmith and Fulham Council, and Kensington and Chelsea Council.
4. Employer support
We provide training and support for employers who want to make sure their workplace is inclusive.
“When I came to AoD they helped me out a huge amount; they got my confidence up and gave me good advice and guidance. They set me up with a trial at the National Theatre. At the end of the trial the National offered me a paid job. I was so proud of myself. AoD are still supporting me and it makes a huge difference to know that they are there by my side. Disabled people can work if you give them a chance to show you what their skills are, I’d like to support other disabled people so they don’t sit indoors and feel like they can’t do it; just get out there and follow your dreams.”
We’re so pleased that Alastair, one of our supported interns, is doing so well in his job at Gail’s Bakery. He undertook three placements organised by AoD, and then applied for the job, supported by our job coach. “I even prefer this to an office; I love working with a really nice team over the money”. Alastair aspires to become a manager of the bakery one day and is glad to have his foot in the right place on the career ladder.