Placements and disability
As a student with a disability or mental health issue, you may have additional considerations when looking for a work placement.
Disability positive employers
Many employers have a positive approach towards disability. Look out for employers that subscribe to the ‘Two Ticks’ scheme or are positive about disability on their webpages.
Two Ticks Employers endeavour to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a job vacancy, and offer continued support to their disabled employees.
A number of companies offer schemes specifically for disabled students, schemes such as:
For a comprehensive list of schemes please download the help sheet.
The interview process
Don’t let the interview process put you off! If you have a disability and are applying for internships, under the 2010 Equality Act, employers are required to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ during the interview process and workplace if requested.
These may include:
- Providing easy access to interview rooms
- More time for psychometric tests and written activities
- Alternative formats for materials
- Support of an interpreter/signer
- Provision of additional breaks
Access to work
Support may be available to students/employers through the Governments funded ‘Access to Work’ scheme. Access to Work can provide help with physical access i.e. Taxi fares, as well as assistance towards the purchase of specialist equipment and assessments of the work place.
Disclosure and further support
Disclosing your disability to an employer is a personal choice. You can find further advice on disclosure, other aspects of work and disability, and how the Careers Service can support you with these issues via the Careers Website.