Most things are in place – you’ve got the experience, the training and the skills but now it’s down to getting a job. Here are some ideas about where to look for work and get additional support in finding and securing it – to discover your future.
For information about benefits and government programmes visit your local Jobcentre Plus:
Exeter Jobcentre Plus Clarendon House, Western Way, Exeter, EX1 2DA
Honiton Jobcentre Plus 128 High Street, Honiton EX14 8JP
Tiverton Jobcentre Plus Coggans Well House, Phoenix Lane, Tiverton EX16 6LU
Tel: 0845 604 3719 for each office
The Disability Employment Advisor (DEA) at Jobcentre Plus can offer specialist advice and support.
Work Choice, an employment programme that supports people with long term health issue and The Work Programme can help you prepare for, find and stay in work are both delivered for Jobcentre Plus by specialist organisations, called ‘providers’. Jobcentre Plus services are described at www.gov.uk/moving-from-benefits-to-work
The Express & Echo publishes jobs vacancies on Thursdays. Jobs are available online at http://jobs.thisisdevon.co.uk. Many employers carry details of current vacancies on their own website and there are many other job vacancy websites.
Employment agencies offer permanent as well as temporary positions, full-time, part-time and casual jobs: they do not charge jobseekers for the assistance they provide. Since 1 October 2011, many agency workers have the same employment rights as all other employees.
Permitted Work visit The Maze for more information. Must be approved by Jobcentre Plus. You still have to find a job with an employer. Workways may be able to act as a supporting agency for 'Supported Permitted Work' arrangements.
Financial considerations – ‘In-work calculation’ to help think through the money aspects and overcome concerns such as a Better Off Calculation from Jobcentre Plus help from the Citizens Advice Bureau or visit The Maze.
Click on the links for some information and advice about what to tell an employer about your health situation or if you are worried about a reference from a previous employer and what to do when you get a job.