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Job hunting resources for people with disabilities

Check out this list of resources we have compiled to help you in your job hunt if you have a disability or a long-term health condition.

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20 May 2022

When you’re job hunting with a disability or long-term health condition it can be an intimidating business. While you can apply for any job, it is tricky to know who is truly a disability-friendly employer and will who make you feel comfortable and valued.

A good place to start is to look at job sites and graduate schemes which are set up to support people with disabilities, and feature employers who are confident in making appropriate workplace adjustments. We’ve gathered a few of these resources here for you (this is a representative but not comprehensive list of websites available). 

Job sites

Business Disability Forum - Business Disability Forum is a not-for-profit membership organisation that makes it easier and more rewarding to do business with and employ disabled people. The website has a list of organisations and partners that are members of this organisation.

EmployAbility – EmployAbility is a not-for-profit organisation aiming to make employment truly inclusive. They run first year, internship, and graduate programmes, as well as vacation schemes and training contract opportunities, with their inclusive employer partners.

Department for Work and Pensions: Disability Confident Employers - This document from the Department for Work and Pensions lists the employers that have signed up to the Disability Confident scheme, and their status (committed, employer or leader). These employers have made a commitment to inclusive employment. 

Reach: Equal Approach - Reach is a digital platform which aims to connect diverse talent with inclusive organisations. The website includes a directory of inclusive organisations, and an online jobs board.

National Autistic Society – The National Autistic Society works with a range of employers to create accessible job opportunities and to support candidates to access them. Opportunities are advertised on their online jobs boards.

Evenbreak - Evenbreak is a social enterprise which aims to help inclusive employers to attract more talented disabled people and to enable disabled jobseekers to find work with employers who will value their skills. The website has a jobs board advertising roles from different organisations, for disabled job seekers.

Disability Jobsite – Disability Jobsite is an online job site which aims to assist people with disabilities to find a rewarding job. The website includes a job search and employer directory.

The Valuable 500 – The Valuable 500 is a collective of 500 CEOs and their companies, which aim to make business more inclusive of people with disabilities.

Graduate schemes and internships 

BBC: Elevate – BBC Elevate is a talent programme, which aims to enhance the careers of mid-level deaf, disabled and neurodivergent TV production professionals. They offer placements within production companies, alongside industry training and support.

Civil Service Fast Stream – The Civil Service offers two internship programmes for people from diverse backgrounds. The Early Diversity Internship Programme (EDIP) is a 1-week programme open to first-year undergraduates, and the Summer Diversity Internship Programme (SDIP) is a 6-9 week internship for students in their final two years at university. If you impress on the SDIP you will be offered a Fast Pass – a quicker router to selection for the Civil Service Fast Stream.

Leonard Cheshire: Change 100 – Change 100 is a programme of paid work placements, professional development and mentoring, aimed at students and recent graduates with disabilities or long-term conditions. 

EmployAbility: Internships, graduate programmes and events - EmployAbility is a not-for-profit organisation aiming to make employment truly inclusive. They run first year, internship, and graduate programmes, as well as vacation schemes and training contract opportunities, with their inclusive employer partners.

Mencap: Interns and Outcomes – Mencap offers a supported internship programme for young people with a learning disability. The programme includes participating in a work experience placement alongside a job coach who will support you. Mencap will also help you to secure a job at the end of the programme. 

Muscular Dystrophy UK: Moving Up work experience programme – Muscular Dystrophy UK offers a work experience programme for young disabled people in London, featuring a flexible work placement, mentoring, and ongoing careers support.

Pact Indie Diversity Scheme – The Pact Indie Diversity Scheme is a 6-month entry level scheme taking place in London and Liverpool, which aims to support diverse talent to enter the film and TV industries. Successful applicants complete a paid placement in an independent production company, as well as receiving training and mentoring from a senior mentor. 

Channel 4: Production Training Scheme – The Production Training Scheme is an entry level programme aimed at diverse talent which is under-represented in the television industry. The scheme involves industry training and a 12-month placement in a production company.

MAMA Youth – MAMA Youth offers a range of training programmes focused on the broadcast and media industries. Opportunities are aimed at people from under-represented or challenging backgrounds, including unemployed graduates.

CareTrade: Think Talent – The Think Talent scheme is aimed at aspiring solicitors with neurodiverse conditions. Participants attend two placements, each lasting for 1-week. One placement is with the Barclays in-house legal team, and the other is with a partner law firm. During the scheme, reasonable adjustments are put in place and support is available to participants.

Support from UCL Careers

As always, you can find additional vacancies on the UCL Careers job board, as well as access to booking one-to-one appointments by logging into your account through myUCLCareers.

You can also use the Career Discovery Feed to look up further information, including articles on disclosing a disability to an employer and reasonable adjustments.

If you have a health condition and not yet accessed UCL Careers Extra, please contact UCL Careers and we’ll give you a steer to be able to book a 30-minute one-to-one appointment with a specialist advisor.