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Opportunity Sheffield

We can provide employers with practical help and advice to recruit and retain disabled talent. 

For more information, please fill out our employer registration form or email and we'll be in touch.  Alternatively you can phone us on 0114 2760039.


What is Opportunity Sheffield?

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:

  • meets the skills, recruitment and retention needs of local employers
  • provides a pathway to sustainable employment for jobseekers facing barriers to work

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:

Sheffield's Working - Employer Champion

Our Employer Champion programme, delivered by Big Ambitions, works with local employers to:

  • remove barriers associated with employing people who have disabilities, e.g advice on funding support and access to work
  • help people with disabilities and mental health conditions into employment
  • promote the positive benefits of a more diverse workforce.

You can phone Big Ambitions on 0114 2760039 for further details.

Sheffield’s Working Locally 

Sheffield’s Working Locally is a Work Club-based employment support approach with projects located within the neighbourhoods below:

Access to Work

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.

Small Employer (25 employees or under) Offer

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

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.

Skills Bank

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:

  • Specialist support via a dedicated helpline  on 0800 3281844
  • A bespoke economic impact model to assess the growth potential of Skills Deals and determine employer contribution and matched funding up to two third cost of training
  • A network of brokers and a skills assessment tool to support employers in defining their skills needs
  • An approved list of providers that guarantees quality and value for money
  • An online community with relevant feedback to explore the best training in an area

Contact the Skills Bank.

Sheffield’s Working for ex–Offenders

Employment support for ex–offenders into employment delivered by Prospects.


Opportunity Sheffield has various programmes to support employers and young people into apprenticeships:

  • Skills Made Easy - offering bespoke training programmes for businesses looking to develop the skills of their workforce
  • Sheffield 100 Apprenticeship Programme - a programme that supports employers who want to recruit disadvantaged young people (aged 16-19) by subsidising their wages by up to 50%

Work Experience

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.

Contracts and planning agreements

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.

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