Description of activity
If you are looking for a job, have a disability or disadvantage, and need support, Ways Into Work can help.
Ways Into Work will get to know you and find out what is important to you and what type of job you are looking for. You will be allocated to a member of the team and they will then work with you.
Our main objective is to help people gain paid work and continue to stay in paid work. We can help individuals with the following services:
Paid work – full-time and part-time
Job coaching support
Good quality work experience
Work related benefits support
Support writing CVs and completing application forms
NVQ support related to work.
Who we work with
Individuals with a Disability aged 18 plus living in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead with:
A Learning disability
Autistic Spectrum Conditions
Individuals with a Mental Health Condition referred through The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenheads CMHT team
Elevate Windsor and Maidenhead – Supporting young people aged 16–24 that are Not in Education Employment and Training and have additional barriers to getting work
Young people that attend Manor Green School
Young people that attend Dove House School
Young people in transition in West Berkshire
Project Search Reading with Brookfields School, Reading College and The Royal Berkshire Hospital
Elevate Berkshire – Supporting young people aged 16–24 that are Not in Education Employment and Training and have additional barriers to getting work.
Individuals living in Hampshire who are supported by Hampshire Learning Disability Teams
For more information please see the Ways into Work referral form or contact form for contact details.
The team are based at Boyn Grove Community and Resource Centre in Maidenhead.
A video is available on You Tube about how the Ways Into Work scheme can successfully place people with learning disabilities into the working environment.
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Address and Accessibility
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Ways into Work is an 18+ service for individuals with a disability that are unable to access the main routes to employment through the Job Centre Plus. The individual needs to want to work. The criteria to access the service is to demonstrate that you have a learning disability, physical disability, sensory impairment, autistic spectrum condition or HIV.
To access Elevate Me, the young person needs to be aged between 16-24 and either be Not in Education Employment or Training (NEET) or be at risk of becoming NEET and living in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidnehead (RBWM). However young people living in Berkshire can access this service once offered the Elevate service in their locality.
Description of Eligibility or Referral Criteria and Pathways (if applicable)
We can accept referrals through social care, education, health, Job Centre Plus, self referral and carer referrals. We have a referral form that can be emailed to individuals and by November this can be downloaded from our website. Young people can also drop into the Hub in Nicholsons Walk in Maidenhead or East Berkshire College in Windsor.
Ways into Work aims to make contact within 8 weeks of the referral however it is usually much quicker with average initial contact made within 3 weeks.
It can take up to 12 weeks to be able to provide a bespoke service but we run job clubs that can be accessed while waiting.
On average we have a waiting list of over 15 people but are generally able to clear this within the 12 weeks.