Help in Finding a Job
For many people, dyslexia can present a serious obstacle to finding a job. A bad experience of education may result in a lack of confidence and self-esteem. Problems with reading and writing can make it difficult to apply for jobs. It may also be difficult to do some aspects of a job without the employer making some adjustments.
National Careers Service.
A government funded organisation which gives you access to information, careers advice and resources, which can help you make more effective skills, work and life choices.
Tel: 0800 100 900.
Jobseekers who have dyslexic difficulties, whether formally diagnosed or not, would be advised to make an appointment at their local JobcentrePlus with the Disability Employment Adviser.
Some Jobcentres have contracts with specialist providers who can support dyslexic adults. You may also be referred to organisations such as the Shaw Trust and Remploy who specialise in helping people with disability into the job market.
Resolving these difficulties will not always be easy. However, people with dyslexia may be eligible for help from government Work Choice scheme, via the Disability Employment Adviser.
Work Choice helps people with disabilities whose needs cannot be met through other work programmes, Access to Work or workplace adjustments. This might be because you need more specialised support to find employment or keep a job once you have started work.
If Work Choice is for you it will be tailored to meet your individual needs. It will focus on helping you achieve your full potential and moving towards being more independent. For further information see Work Choice.
New Help with Starting your Own Business.
If you are on Jobseekers' Allowance and want to start your own business, there is now help available through the Jobcentre. You could be offered a mentor to help with your business plan, a loan and a weekly allowance for 26 weeks. For information see https://www.gov.uk/moving-from-benefits-to-work/starting-your-own-business.
The Princes Trust offers courses, opportunities and support for young people who may be unemployed, struggled at school, have been in trouble with the law, or have been in care:
- young people aged 14-16 years who are not expecting to receive 5 GCSEs,
- young people aged 16-25 years not in education, training or working,
- grants and support for people 18-30 years to become self-employed.
Organisations offering help and practical support to jobseekers with disabilities.
- Tel: 0300 303 3111
- Email from website
- Web: http://www.shaw-trust.org.uk
R.B.L.I. (Royal British Legion Industries) Employment Service aims to provide employment and training for people with disabilities, regardless of whether or not they have come from and ex-Service background.
- Tel: 0800 783 1144
- Web: http://www.rbli.co.uk/
For Graduates and Students.