The Department for Work and Pensions. You will need the support of your Disability Employment Adviser (DEA) at Jobcentre plus who can arrange the funding.
The funding can also cover accommodation, food and fortnightly travel back home. Our team will help you to find work near your home.
Give us a call on 0121 428 5050 ask to speak to a member of the advance2work team and we will advise you.
No, your benefits are protected whilst you are with advance2work.
No, as long as your DEA is prepared to refer you to advance2work.
We are part of QAC, a Birmingham based organisation working for people with disabilities (reg. charity #1065794)
Give us a call on 0121 428 5050
Court Oak Road, Harborne, Birmingham B17 9TG
advance2work is part of QAC (reg. charity 1065794)
Are you unemployed with a disability and keen to find work?
Our experienced Birmingham based team can provide
an individual programme of support, training, work experience and job coaching. This can be day or residential.
To see a short video about Tim's success with advance2work click here
When you join us as a client of advance2work our team of experienced trainers, employment consultants and mentors will help you move towards employment and a successful future.
Your Employment Consultant will work closely with you throughout your programme and will understand your employment history and current situation. They will work with you to identify the skills and experience you need and the type of work that is right for you.
Once you are in employment the advance2work team will provide help, advice and support throughout the early weeks of your new career. This can include a telephone advice line, working with your employer to ensure things go smoothly, or just someone to chat with about the way things are going.
We will support you in finding ways to manage your disability effectively at work. We can also offer help and advice on the technology you may need in the workplace, your travel to work, benefits and Access to Work entitlement. Our aim is to put you in a better financial position through employment.
In addition to the great support, advice, experience and training that you receive from advance2work there are other benefits.
While you are on your programme and for your first month in employment, you will have free use of our Feelgood Fitness Centre, library and computers at QAC, including free Internet access.
advance2work will also provide access to:
- A qualified medical team
- Counselling service
- Personal fitness trainer
- Speech and language therapist
- Orientation and mobility tutor
- Benefits adviser
- Educational psychologist
Your Personal Employment and Learning Programme can be your passport to a successful new career – why wait, call advance2work now on 0121 428 5050
Training opportunities include:
- Matching yourself to job descriptions and specification
- Preparing for interviews
- Interview rehearsal
- CV writing and job applications
- Careers Guidance
- Time management
- Developing coping strategies for employment
- Training linked to the area of employment you wish to work in
- Telephone techniques
- Effective personal communication
- Using numbers
- Information technology
development in a range of
- Using the Internet
- Assertiveness and confidence building
- Customer Service and Communication Skills
We are also able to offer the following externally accredited qualifications:
- Food Hygiene
- First Aid
- Health & Safety
- Manual Handling
- Word Processing
- Audio Transcription
- Information Technology
Letter from a recent A2W client
My background employment was working in a prison. After suffering from stress and depression for a number of years, it began to get more severe and I was unable to cope with every day life. I was diagnosed with Bipolar and, with the help of psychiatrists, put on the relevant medication. My mood increased and I started to look forward to becoming ‘NORMAL’ again.
I asked to be put forward for a ‘coping with depression’ group. After speaking with the mental health nurses they gave me a number for a Disability Employment Advisor at my local Job Centre. I phoned for an appointment and that’s where it all started to get exciting.
I had made a decision that to go back to my previous employment would not be a good idea, so I was going to need retraining. I have always been interested in Chiropody and Podiatry, so started to ask questions about courses. The only college around this area doing the course I needed was in Birmingham. But they would not accept me due to my mental heath problems and the fact that all my qualifications are out of date, (the way they spoke was as if my O Levels were pre-historic).
I found a similar course in Blackheath in the Black Country. This was not so intense, would accept me and sounded just what I wanted. The downfall was that it would cost £2,000. I was on benefits; no way could I find that amount. I thought I would have to forget my dream.
It was then that my DEA introduced me to QAC. I came to meet the Advance2work team and explained my position. They asked what other learning requirements I needed. I had a word with the Benefits Advisor, who put my mind at rest about my individual money worries. They promised to get in touch with the Foot Health Practitioner Clinic, look at what they had to offer, if the accreditation was as good as it made out to be and if the course was worth the money.
When I heard back from them and the answer was ‘Yes’, my course would be funded, I was over the moon. I had my start date and off I went. I was very nervous, excited and anxious at the same time and my timetable was full of subjects I told them I may need to update. So not only am I doing the training I wanted, but I am also bringing all my other skills into the Twenty First Century. All the tutors are so friendly and helpful remembering everyone’s name. I receive help with my expenses to get here and my benefits have stayed the same so no worries there.
I have recently completed Health and Safety, Manual Handling and First Aid courses, all in addition to my practitioner course. I have full use of the facilities, library, computer equipment plus more, more than I ever could have wished for. The support I receive is fantastic and I am very grateful.
I have started to turn my life around with the help of QAC. I have made many friends and look forward to each day.
Advance2work will provide you with the skills which you need to find employment. We will develop a Personal Employment and Learning Plan (PELP) which is individually tailored to your needs and will consist of core vocational skills such as Literacy, Numeracy and IT.
We will work closely with you to identify your career aspirations and provide you with the tools to match your work history and skills to jobs. We will provide work experience opportunities and the holistic support you need to enhance your chances of finding employment.