We can provide employers with practical help and advice to recruit and retain disabled talent.
Opportunity Sheffield aims to help businesses in Sheffield who want to recruit, train and develop local talent - especially those with disabilities. It also supports people who may need additional help into employment.
It is a programme which:
We, along with partners in local voluntary and community sectors, and the Department for Work and Pensions, have developed the Opportunity Sheffield disability campaign which aims to increase the number of employers offering employment opportunities for disabled people, and to increase the number of people with disabilities in employment.
Programmes within Opportunity Sheffield include:
Our Employer Champion programme, delivered by Big Ambitions, works with local employers to:
You can phone Big Ambitions on 0114 2760039 for further details.
Sheffield’s Working Locally is a Work Club-based employment support approach with projects located within the neighbourhoods below:
Central, Burngreave and Darnall delivered by Zest community
This is a Jobcentre Plus scheme which can provide practical and financial support for people who have a disability or long term physical or mental health condition. An Access to Work grant can pay for practical support to help your employee stay in work, or to support you if you are self-employed.
Find out more about Access to Work.
Jobcentre Plus small employer offer focuses on linking disabled job seekers directly to small businesses and supports the employer and employee. A small payment (up to £500) is also available to cover additional costs such as mentoring if an employer is able to offer a permanent position or at least a two year fixed contract.
Supported internships offer a training programme for 16-24 year olds with learning difficulties and disabilities. It helps them to find a job and acquire the self-confidence, employment history and work-related skills that they will need to go on and secure sustainable employment.
The Skills Bank is an exciting new service which invests in skills and expertise to drive business growth. It will work with you to identify how new skills can help to grow your business, and can connect you to high quality training providers that can meet your needs. Thanks to Sheffield City Region Growth funding and European Social Fund monies, we can invest in your workforce.
The Skills Bank is a £17 million fund comprising funding from the European Social Fund and Growth Funding.
Key features of the Skills Bank include:
Employment support for ex–offenders into employment delivered by Prospects.
Opportunity Sheffield has various programmes to support employers and young people into apprenticeships:
The team co-ordinate work experience opportunities for pupils in Sheffield schools, organising placements for over 1,000 young people aged between 14 and 18 every year.
The Employment and Skills in Procurement and Planning project works to ensure that employment and skills related benefits are included wherever practical and appropriate in all our contracts and planning agreements.