Recite logo

How does the Access to Work process work?

The Access-to-Work process is as follows:

The Disability Employment Adviser (DEA) at your local Jobcentre puts the individual in touch with the appropriate Access-to-Work Business Centre.

An adviser talks to the individual and their employer about support – either over the phone or through a visit.

The adviser may help to organise specialist advice.

The specialist adviser e.g. dyslexia specialist arranges an appointment to visit the individual in the workplace to carry out an assessment of needs.

The specialist writes a report recommending appropriate equipment, support and adjustments and forwards it to the Access-to-Work adviser.

The Access-to-Work adviser uses the report to help decide on the support required.

The Employer is then responsible for arranging the agreed support.

Access to Work can pay up to 100 per cent of the approved costs of making reasonable adjustments if the individual is one of the following:

  • Unemployed and starting a new job;
  • Self-employed;
  • Working for an employer for less than six weeks.

Whatever the individual’s employment status, Access to Work will also pay for up to 100 per cent of the approved costs for:

  • Support workers;
  • Fares to work;
  • Communicator support at interview.

If the individual has been employed in a job for more than six weeks and needs special equipment and/or adaptations to premises, then the following financial guidelines will apply:

  • employers with 1 to 9 employees will not be expected to share costs
  • employers with 10 to 49 employers will pay the first £300 and 20 per cent of costs up to £10,000
  • employers with 50 to 249 employees will pay the first £500 and 20 per cent of costs up to £10,000
  • large employers with 250 or more employees will pay the first £1,000 and 20 per cent of costs up to £10,000

The support provided will be reviewed between one and three years.

Please contact our team to obtain a quote, email commercial@iansyst.co.uk or telephone: 01223 436 699.