Access to Work funding is available for full-time and part-time employees including those on apprentices and traineeship and those who are self-employed. Funding is available for communication support in interviews.
Funding can pay the full costs of communication support within the workplace (BSL interpreters, notetakers etc.)
Partial funding is available for equipment and adaptations to the workplace the employer has to make a contribution.
It is a good idea to think about the support you need before you contact ATW. Sometimes Access to Work staff will ask for a specialist assessment to be carried out to help identify appropriate support.
You can contact Access to Work by phone, email or BSL video relay. For details on how to apply visit www.gov.uk/access-to-work/overview.
Funding is not available for volunteers or unpaid work experience unless there is a strong possibility it will lead to paid employment. The application process requires you to complete forms, giving details of the support or equipment you will require.
Not all employers know about the funding they can get from this scheme, so if you think you are eligible, you should discuss this with your employer.