The government has announced they will introduce hundreds of specialist advisers to support people with disabilities to find and stay in employment by May 2021.
A total of 315 Disability Employment Advisor (DEA) roles will run out of UK jobcentres this month. The DEA’s will be an addition to 13,500 Work Coaches which are already in service supporting people through the COVID-19 pandemic.
The two groups will work together in a bid to find work for disabled people or those with a health condition.
This week it was revealed the number of Disability Confident employers in the UK has passed the 2,000 mark.
Minister for Disabled People, Justin Tomlinson, said: “We are committed to seeing one million more disabled people in work by 2027 and as we recover from the pandemic we are redoubling our efforts to boost the support for disabled jobseekers.
“I know this is a challenging time, but we will be building on the record disability employment we have seen by protecting, supporting and creating jobs for disabled people.
“I know personally how valuable a diverse and inclusive workforce can be, so it is fantastic to see employers across Britain signed up to Government programmes like Disability Confident. I would encourage other organisations, big or small, to follow their example and support disabled people to unlock their full potential.”
The DWP’s Access to Work scheme for people with disabilities offers grants worth up to £62,900.
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