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Get That Job

an online resource from Skill

Are you looking for a job? Are you about to leave school, college or university? Do you have a disability?

This updated resource guides you through the basics of getting a job and gives solutions to problems that may concern you as a disabled jobseeker.

It is aimed at graduates but most of the principles apply to any disabled jobseeker.

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Leadership Recruitment – Graduate job opportunities for disabled people

Leadership Recruitment is the graduate and career development scheme for disabled people run by Scope. The scheme is open to anyone who has a long-term impairment or health condition, including Deaf people, people with dyslexia and those with mental health conditions.
It is not essential to have a degree. Scope welcomes applications from disabled people able to work (or with the potential to work) at graduate level.
The scheme is a partnership between Scope and national employers providing paid work placements and developmental support. Up to 100 disabled people each year will be offered a one-year placement (or two six-month placements).
Employers include: British Red Cross, Bromsgrove District Council, Disability Rights Commission, Capital One, Greater London Authority, HSBC, London Development Agency, Lehman Brothers, Welsh Assembly Government, Open University, Edexcel (Pearson Group), Scope
Download an application form
Tel 020 7619 7258
Text 020 7619 7187

Motability Scholarship Programme

Motability, the company that source and deliver motoring services to disabled people, have launched a new scholarship scheme. They will sponsor up to 3 students the sum of £3,000 per year for the duration of their university studies, up to a maximum of 4 years.

Students take part in a summer placement programme each year, at Motability's London or Bristol offices, and will be paid a pro-rata salary of £19,000. It offers on-the-job training and classroom based training opportunities.

Placements last a maximum of 8 weeks, but the programme is flexible and can be tailored to meet your needs.

Departments that offer placements include

  • Dealer Relations
  • IT
  • Finance
  • HR
  • Customer Services
  • Fleet Operations

More information

Find out if you are the kind of candidate Motability is looking for. Go to the Motability website.

Students must make their own travel and accommodation arrangements, and be eligible to work in the UK full time for the duration of the summer placement.

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College and university

What, exams already?

Exams always seem a long way off. But there can be early deadlines if you need to organise extra support, so the sooner you start thinking about your exams the better. Being prepared puts you in control and can make them less of an ordeal.
Here are some tips to help you plan ahead
  • Speak to your additional learning support team or disability officer about getting adjustments organised for your exams
  • Speak to the Students with Disabilities representative in your Students' Union, and ask if they have any tips or know any students who can give advice
  • Think about the kinds of adjustments you would find helpful. Skill’s booklet Adjustments for disabled students has some useful advice.
  • Find out your exam dates so you can plan a realistic revision timetable and start your revision in good time
  • Once you start preparing, remember that exam time can be stressful, so take breaks, get plenty of sleep and try to eat a balanced diet
Useful websites

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Funding in Higher Education

Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) latest news

Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs) provide extra financial help if you want to study a higher education course and have a disability or specific learning difficulty like dyslexia. Skill has assisted the National Association of Student Money Advisers to produce their new booklet called Disabled Students' Allowances - Helping you study in Higher Education and you can also get the guide in alternative formats.

Skill is hopeful that Student Finance England has sorted out many of its processing difficulties from last year but we will continue to monitor and make recommendations to improve the service to disabled students.


Useful information on student finance from Aimhigher
Your guide to student finance from Directgov


[Updated August 2010)

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