Employment programmes

At the end of 2015, the employment rate for disabled people stood at 46.7%, compared with 80.3% for non-disabled people. To halve this gap would require bringing an extra 1.2 million disabled people into work.

We provide a number of services and programmes to improve disabled people's employment opportunities.

  • Change100 brings together the UK’s top employers and talented disabled students and graduates to offer three months of paid work experience.​
  • ChangeNow aims to improve the life chances of young people aged 16-25 with special education needs and disability (SEND) through enhancing their experience and knowledge of the workplace.
  • Work Choice is a government-supported, voluntary programme for disabled people who are looking to find or keep a job.
  • Stelios Award for Disabled People in the UK supports disabled entrepreneurs to develop their businesses.
  • We offer a number of specialist employment programmes around the UK:

    • Specialist employability support is a government-supported, voluntary programme for people with sight loss who are looking to find or keep a job. Available in​:

      • London: north, north east, west and central London
    • ACE (Able Capable Employment) offers tailored one-to-one support and specialist advice to disabled Londoners seeking and taking up new employment.
    • Resolve is a six-week employability skills programme for young people aged 18 to 35 based in the London borough of Barking.
    • Opportunity Suffolk offers tailored one-to-one support and specialist advice to disabled people seeking and taking up employment, training or education.

The Environment Now

We've partnered with O2's Think Big to support young disabled project leaders' applications for The Environment Now programme! £10,000 worth of funding is up for grabs.