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Pathways to work

Did you know? If you find work and earn less than £15,000 a year, you’ll receive an extra £40 a week paid by Job Centre Plus, on top of your wages for a whole year.

Pathways to Work helps people to get work if they are receiving Employment and Support Allowance or an incapacity benefit because of a health condition or disability. The help is tailored specifically for each person taking part in the programme.

This friendly, independent service delivered through A4e Pathways provides impartial advice, training and support to help you gain suitable and sustainable employment. They will work with you to:

  • assess your individual barriers to employment;
  • find tailored help and support in your area;
  • search for suitable employment;
  • provide in-work support if you feel you could benefit from this.

Is it for me?

If you are aged between 18 and 60 and make a claim for Employment and Support Allowance or incapacity benefits, you will automatically be considered for Pathways to Work. This applies if you are claiming for the first time, or are claiming again after a break in receiving benefit. Incapacity benefits include:

  • Incapacity Benefit;
  • Income Support on the grounds of incapacity;
  • Income Support while you are appealing against a decision that you are not incapable of work;
  • Severe Disablement Allowance.

Even if you are not automatically considered, you can still apply for help from A4e Pathways if you are entitled to certain benefits because of your health condition or a disability.

Step 1 – getting started

If you join A4e-led Pathways to Work programme, you can expect to receive a personalised service which includes:

  • finding employment opportunities to fit your needs;
  • tackling the barriers you face in finding work;
  • discussing the tailored support that will be available to you.

Step 2 – finding the right route for you

Choices for you once you have made the decision to engage in work related activity. The Choices programme features:

  • an employment coach – your main contact throughout, including direct line and text message service;
  • an in-depth discussion of your job goals, which may include self-employment;
  • access to independent job search facilities;
  • help with writing CV and place to store your work;
  • one-to-one confidence building, training and additional skills support;
  • job finding and contacting potential employers on your behalf.

Step 3 – in-work support

When you enter paid work through Pathways, the team can continue to provide support, tailored to your needs, as well as opportunities for further career development.

To start now or for more information please contact the Pathways team (details below).

A4E Pathways A4E Pathways A4e is a for-profit company with a social purpose. We improve people's lives by helping them find work, education, skills, or a new direction.
Address Queen’s House, 105
Queen Street
Sheffield
S1 1GN
Website: Visit the A4E Pathways website Telephone: 0114 289 4700