By law, employers must not discriminate against disabled candidates, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy for disabled people to find work.
Here is some useful information regarding the opportunities and options available to you as a disabled person. When thinking about going into employment, it’s helpful to know about the variety of government grants schemes for disabled people, so have a read of our dedicated guide here.
An excellent place to start when researching your career options as a disabled person is looking for businesses and organisations which carry the label ‘Disability Confident.’ An organisation that is disability Confident is committed to employing disabled people and changing attitudes towards disability. Over 18,000 organisations have signed up, all wanting to find candidates like you to come and join their team. There are three levels of Disability Confident to look out for: Committed, Employer, Leader, these are visible on a company’s website via their symbol. You can find a full list of these employers on the government website.
Where to Find Jobs and Careers?
There are many disability charities and organisations in the UK that help you find the right career and be supported on that path. Careers with Disabilities connect jobseekers like you, and employers looking to include disabled people in their workforce through our specialised jobs board. Using the Careers with Disabilities jobs board means when browsing for current job openings you can be confident the organisation is disability-friendly.
Apprenticeships are an excellent option if you are looking to study for a qualification, earn a salary, and train for a job. We have a dedicated website with everything you need to know about apprenticeships, from what they are, to how to get on, visit the apprenticeships page here. Apprenticeships are changing and developing all the time, growing into a broader range of jobs. There are many different entry levels and flexible ways to join, meaning there are no barriers for a disabled person choosing to take on an apprenticeship. Suppose you have been unable to complete formal education because of your disability. In that case, an apprenticeship could be the perfect way for you to begin your career. As a disabled person, you are entitled to extra support while you complete your apprenticeship, whether this is tailored equipment or additional guidance. Visit our Disability rights page to know how you can be supported.