The Department for Work and Pensions runs this specialist disability employment programme. Read on to see if the Work Choice programme can help you.
WORK CHOICE: The DWP Work Choice programme helps disabled people find employment and develop their career.
Work Choice specialises in supporting people with disabilities who want to work.
It is a voluntary scheme. But, people with complex barriers can get help to secure employment and stay in work.
This section explains how Work Choice can help you get job and keep it - even if you have a disability. You can also find further information on the simple process to join the Work Choice scheme.
The Work Choice programme is voluntary. Thus, you are not forced into joining. But, if you join Work Choice you can get several different types of support. The support you get will depend on what kind of help you need. Work Choice provides help and support such as:
Work Choice replaces two previous schemes called WORKSTEP and Work Preparation. It did not replace the Job Introduction Scheme and that one has now ended.
Note: Work Choice does not operate in Northern Ireland. NIR has different schemes for disabled people instead.
First of all, the support you get will help you find a job. The process also helps you keep it and progress in the workplace. DWP will set up an interview to see what level of support you need when you join the Work Choice programme.
In some isolated circumstances you can extend Work Entry Support. The extension may reach 3 or 6 months where there is a clear prospect of a job posting. Different providers can offer three separate levels of help across the country.
|Level of Help||What You Get||How Long it Lasts|
|Work Entry Support||Advice on work and personal skills to help you find a job||Up to 6 months|
|In-Work Support||Help to start work and stay in your job||Up to 12 months|
Your first contact should be the service provider if you have a complaint about joining Work Choice. Contact your Disability Employment Adviser at Jobcentre Plus if you cannot solve the issue.
You can apply for Work Choice even if you have a job. The programme helps people when they feel they may lose it because of their disability. The same guidelines apply to those who are self-employed. Work Choice eligibility means you must:
Actually receiving any disability benefits is not a requirement to join the Work Choice programme.
Talk to a Disability Employment Adviser at your local Jobcentre Plus. The DEA can explain how to join Work Choice programmes.
Note: Work Choice has closed for new applications in Wales and the North West of England (except Manchester). The deadlines for applying in the rest of England are:
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