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This depends on the help you need, such as finding a job, changing an appointment, checking an existing claim or making a new claim or complaint.

Access to Work

This grant can pay for practical support if you have a disability, health or mental health condition that will help you –

-Move into self-employment or start a business

-Start working

-Stay in work

The grant is not the start-up costs of a business. The money doesn’t have to be paid back and will not affect your other benefits.


This grant is only available if the employer is based in England, Scotland or Wales. There’s a different system in Northern Ireland, here are the following features:

You must be 16 or over and either:

-About to start a job or work trial

-In a self-employed or paid job (you can’t get a grant for voluntary work)

You can also qualify if you are starting work experience under a Youth Contract or getting New Enterprise Allowance.

Your Condition

Your health condition or disability can affect your ability to do a job r that will mean paying work-related costs.

Your mental health condition can also affect your ability to do a job. It must also mean you need support in order to: start a new job, stay in work, and reduce absences from work.


You might not qualify if you get any of these benefits:

-Income Support

-National Insurance Credits

-Employment and Support Allowance

-Severe Disablement Allowance

-Incapacity Benefit

Apprenticeship Overview

Apprenticeship is a combine practical training of a job with study.

You will experience the following as an apprentice:

-Earn a wage and get holiday pay

-Study towards a related qualification (usually one day a week)

-Work alongside experienced staff

-Gain job-specific skills

Apprenticeships could last 1 to 4 years to complete depending on the level.

Levels of Apprenticeship

An apprenticeship has an equivalent education level and can be:

Intermediate that is equivalent to 5 GCSE passes or Advanced that is equivalent to 2 A level passes or Higher that can lead to NVQ Level 4 and above, or a foundation degree

Who can apply?

You can apply for an apprenticeship while you’re still at school if you are 16 or over, not in full-time education and residing in England.

How to apply?

Here are the three steps in how to apply becoming an apprentice:

First, search for an apprenticeship. Second, sign in or create an account. Third, complete and submit your application.

You can get help from National Careers Service because they advice on writing applications and what to do at interviews.

If you’re unsuccessful

You can ask for feedback if you don’t get selected for an interview or for the apprenticeship.You can also file complaint if you think you weren’t successful because you were discriminated against, or your treatment in the interview or application process was unfair.

If you need more experience

If you feel you’re not ready for an apprenticeship, they have a traineeship is a course designed to prepare you for.

Pay and conditions

You’ll be paid during your apprenticeship.You’re entitled to the National Minimum Wage.The current minimum wage rate for an apprentice is £3.30 per hour.This rate applies to apprentices aged 16 to 18 and those aged 19 or over that are in their first year.

You must be paid at least the minimum wage rate for your age if you’re an apprentice aged 19 or over and have completed your first year.

Hours apprentices are paid for

You must be paid for:

-Your normal working hours (minimum 30 hours per week)

-Training that’s part of your apprenticeship (usually one day per week)