Access to Work Fund

The application process for those on supported internships and traineeships wishing to apply to Access to Work has been revised. Changes include:

  • the provision for a supported employment provider to make an application on behalf of an education provider (education providers can still make the claim if they would like to do so);
  • a move from one form per month, to one per placement for each student; and
  • the ability to make applications up to three months in advance.

You can access guidance for Access to Work here.

Young people on or about to start the work experience placement of a supported internship, or traineeship with a disability or health condition, can apply to the Department for Work and Pensions' Access to Work fund. An Access to Work grant can cover the additional support a young person may need for the in-work element of supported internships or traineeships and can fund:

  • Job coaches (where they support interns directly in their work placements, other support provided by a job coach, e.g. life skills activity and any educational activities will need to be funded separately);
  • Specialist equipment for days that a young person is at the employer's premises; and
  • The extra fares to work if the person is unable to use public transport.

There is no set amount for an Access to Work grant, and how much an individual receives depends upon their circumstances. Completed applications should be sent to the dedicated Access to Work team at Atwosu.london@dwp.gsi.gov.uk .

You can see an example of a college using Access to Work funding here