Access to Work Funding (EHCP)
Funding for in-work support including an Apprenticeship, Traineeship, or Supported Internship from the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP)
Who can get Access to Work funding?
Any young person aged over 16 who is on or about to start the work part of a supported internship, traineeship or apprenticeship or is in or about to begin a job and who has a disability or health condition.
The funding applied for must be for adaptations that fall beyond the reasonable adjustments which an employer is legally obliged to provide under the Equality Act 2010 (to find out what these are please see the link below).
What can be funded by an Access to Work grant?
An Access to Work grant covers the additional support a young person may need at work including:
- Job coaches or support workers (in the work place / work placement or a communicator at a job interview)*
- Specialist equipment for days that a young person is at the employer's premises
- Extra fares to work if the person is unable to use public transport due to their disability or health condition
- Disability awareness training for colleagues
- Support services e.g. for a mental health condition
Young people and employers do not have to pay any money back.
* a job coach is a person who helps someone to do a specific job. This can include, for example, helping the person to cope emotionally or physically, or using systematic instruction to break down the elements of the job into smaller, more manageable steps.
Young people might not qualify for Access to Work if they already receive certain benefits such as Incapacity Benefit, Employment and Support Allowance, Severe Disablement Allowance, Income Support and/or National Insurance Credits.
How much funding can be applied for?
Funding is capped at 1.5 times the national average salary (in 2016 this is £40,800). Below this level, how much an individual receives depends upon their circumstances.
How to apply?
One application can be made to fund a whole internship / traineeship / apprenticeship placement (normally 1 – 3 years) otherwise the application is done on a monthly basis.
Access to Work may use partner organisations such as MIND, the National Autistic Society or REMPLOY to provide some support services or to help them with assessing claims.
A young person can apply directly or providers can apply on their behalf such as a supported employment provider or an education provider.
Applications can be made up to 3 months before a young person begins a job or placement or after they have started, although funding is not necessarily back-dated.
In your email to Access to Work, you should include ‘supported internship application’ or ‘traineeship application’ or ‘apprenticeship application’, if relevant, so that it goes directly to the right person.
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