A man from Peterborough who has autism has achieved his goal of finding his first job in 2020 after help from the DWP’s Work Coaches.
Leon Stephenson, 27, developed the skills he needed to land his first job as a machinist at Westcombe Engineering, a social enterprise owned by Peterborough Council. He has been supported along the way by his Work Coach at the jobcentre, Denise Marks. Department for Work and Pensions Work Coaches support people, including those with a disability, to find work. They can offer practical support, such as help writing a CV and help with preparations for a job interview, as well as provide opportunities to learn new skills.
Paired with personal support from a dedicated Work Coach the department also offers specialist programmes for disabled people.
These programmes include Access to Work, which provides grants of up to £60,000 for equipment or services to help you stay in employment and now includes support to work from home.
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