Applying for a job - Programmes and Grants

When you feel the time is right to apply for a job, you may like some support to make decisions about your future.  This is called supported employment.  We have commissioned (paid for the service so you do not have to) a company called Choice Support to carry out a supported employment role for residents living in Sutton. Visit Choice Support's website (external link).

They will help you to :

  • write your CV and fill out application forms
  • search for jobs that match your skills
  • prepare for interviews and attend with you, if you need the support
  • identify changes or adjustments at your work
  • understand your rights as an employee or volunteer

Visit Better Working Futures  - Reed in Partnership’s name for the Work and Health Programme (external link). The service gives people who face additional barriers to finding work  support. It is part of a wider package of support for jobseekers and people with disabilities and health conditions and aims to bring jobseekers, support provision and employers together to provide greater opportunities for those looking for work. 

Learn about Mencap’s Employ Me London programme (external link).  This is a specialist employability programme supporting young people aged 18-24 with learning disabilities or autism who are NEET and offer employability skills, confidence building and work experience placements, all specifically designed to engage and support you to succeed. They offer direct routes to apprenticeships, traineeships and paid work as outcomes.  If you would like to discuss options with no commitment, please get in touch with the project at

Learn about Intensive Personalised Employment Support (external link) - individual training and help to get you into work

Learn about Work and Health Programme (external link) - to help you find and keep a job, provides personal support to help you:

  • identify your employment needs
  • match your skills to work that’s available
  • put you in touch with employers
  • find long-term employment
  • get training to help you find work
  • manage health problems to reduce their impact on work

There are  programmes and grants to help you into work. These include:

Local Authority Graduate Scheme

The Local Government Association operates a national graduate development programme (NGDP) looking for the next generation of managers to lead critical projects and services that have tangible, everyday outcomes for people's lives. The NGDP aims to provide a diverse pipeline of talented future leaders for local government and is committed to continuous improvement with respect to equality, diversity and inclusion. Visit the National Graduate Development website (external link). 

What are ‘reasonable adjustments’?    

Once you get a job, you may be able to get help and support  through Access to Work funding for things like:

  • special equipment
  • adaptations to the workplace
  • a support worker
  • Job coach
  • Travel Training

The Access to Work grant scheme could provide support to enable people with disabilities or health conditions to start a new job or stay in work. Visit the Access to Work website (external link).  The support offered is based on individual needs, and could include a grant to assist with additional costs of practical support (called reasonable adjustments) in the workplace or for those working from home.


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