What is Access To Work?
Access to Work (ATW) is a government scheme run by Jobcentre Plus that covers the financial cost of providing disability solutions that would otherwise not be considered a “reasonable adjustment”.
If you want to work but have a disability that makes working a problem you may be able to get help from the access to work scheme. This provides practical advice and support to help you overcome work-related obstacles. It can also give you grants towards extra employment costs. Examples of the kind of help available through Access to Work are:
- A communicator, advocate or BSL interpreter for a job interview or if you have communication difficulties.
- Specialist equipment (or alterations to existing equipment) to suit your particular needs.
- Alterations to premises or a working environment to make it more accessible.
Access to work also offers other help, which includes special aids or equipment for employment and adaptations to premises and existing equipment. ATW can help you work with your disability and achieve better connection with your working life and increase your productivity by providing you with the necessary support to make that positive change.
The ATW Process
Contact the access to work centre directly where you will be offered advice and guidance from an access to work adviser.
You can find details of your local work centre by going to https://www.gov.uk/access-to-work/how-to-claim
You may be able to receive Access to Work support if your disability or health condition has an adverse effect on your ability to carry out your job and you are:
- In a paid job
- Unemployed and about to start a job
- Unemployed and about to start a Jobcentre plus arranged Work Trial
The average time can vary depending on the disability solution and how quick your employer is at procuring the recommended solution. Some customers who require more complex and/or bespoke adjustments can take longer.
The first thing you need to do is contact the ATW Operational Support Unit that covers the area where you live. You will be asked a few questions to see if you are eligible for the programme. If you are eligible, an application form (ATW1) will be completed over the phone and sent to you. You will need to check the information and return the signed application (ATW1) to the Operational Support Unit.
The Access to Work Adviser will contact you by telephone to assess your individual needs and discuss your circumstances. The Adviser will also need to talk to your employer.
If, following this conversation, it is decided a more technical assessment is required the Adviser will arrange for a contracted external assessor to visit your place of work.
Recommendations of your needs
After the assessment has taken place a confidential report will be sent to the ATW adviser suggesting suitable adjustments, equipment or support you may need and providing details of costs and suppliers.
NOTE: If you are self-employed, the process works exactly the same with you acting as the employer.
Placing an Order
Looking to place an order with us?
We will need you to send across a copy of your quote, and any relevant purchase orders / order requests from the company or funding body that is funding the equipment.
Assistive Technology Training
We pride ourselves on enabling customers to get the maximum benefit out of the Assistive Software and equipment that they have been provided with.
We have trainers located throughout the country who have been carefully selected based on a variety of skills and qualities that we feel make them excellent Assistive Technology Trainers. They are fully trained in products including TextHelp Read & Write Gold, Claro Read Pro, Dragon Naturally Speaking/Dragon Dictate, Inspiration & MindView, to name but a few.
Our trainers specialise in one-to-one training to ensure that students get a full understanding of the assistive technology, and how it can benefit them to support them in their studies. They prepare for the sessions in advance, in order to maximise the time spent learning, and then tailor the sessions according to the customers’ particular needs and learning styles.
We realise that people have busy schedules, so we offer as much flexibility as possible to help customers find a suitable appointment option. In addition to offering Monday to Friday 9-5 appointments, we also have evening and weekend training sessions available.
A number of our trainers have been chosen to also be our Visual Impairment Training Specialists; they have been selected due to their vast experience of Assistive Technology Training and have been trained on a number of VI software packages including Dolphin SuperNova & ZoomText.
Support Worker Co-Coaching, Strategy Coaching, Dyslexia Awareness and Colleague / Disability Awareness Training.
Our trainers undergo an intensive and thorough training programme including disability awareness and are regularly monitored and assessed to ensure that they continually deliver high quality training. We regularly receive testimonials that highlight the excellence of their work.
With so many suppliers, why should you choose Wyvern?
Well we have a few reasons.
Firstly our support of customers is of the highest standard, with year-on-year of glowing reports and feedback.
We are dedicated to providing the best service we can by using a data-driven, constant-feedback approach.
We have invested heavily in our internal systems to allow us to ensure all students are supported quickly and efficiently. We have internal SLAs that are required to be met so that orders are quickly processed and delivered, training provided flexibly via our various training methods and on-going support is provided to the best it can be.
We also make it easy for assessors. Over the years we have developed our custom quotation system that makes your job a breeze. We also listen to you, and change our systems to reflect the needs of assessors. We understand that you need to be able to support many clients; and the less time spent on admin, the more time that is spent with them and making sure they are supported throughout the process.
We understand that problems with IT equipment can be troublesome when using Assistive Technology.
Report any issues you experience with our Technical Support Team who can assist you. They can assist you with a variety of repairs and support.