Supported Internships and Access to Work

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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.

Young people can apply for:

  • funding of travel (providing assistance for additional travel costs to and from their work experience placement because of their disability);
  • the costs of job coach support; and
  • specialist equipment for days that a young person is at the employer's premises.

There is no set amount for an Access to Work grant, and how much an individual receives depends upon their circumstances. DWP have agreed that job coaching needs do not reduce as the rotations go on. Completed applications should be posted to the dedicated Access to Work team at the Wolverhampton address on the application form.

The application process for those on supported internships and traineeships wishing to apply to Access to Work was revised in September 2020. 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);
  • customers (or their appointee) have to sign the application and claim forms
  • DWP will issue declaration forms that also have to be signed by the customer and returned.

Attached to this page are process flowcharts and the form for applying for Access to Work funding. Applications can be submitted up to 6 months in advance of a placement start.

We expect final guidance to be issued soon and will post it on this page.