Pilot scheme begins for adjustment passports to help disabled graduates get in to employment, a key recommendation from our reports
The Department for Work and Pensions has begun a pilot scheme for adjustment 'passports' to help disabled graduates get into employment. This was a key recommendation of our reports Arriving at Thriving and Talent and Technology.
The adjustment passports will ease the transition from university into employment by reducing the need for repetitive assessments. This pilot was announced this summer in the National Disability Strategy and started on International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Friday 3rd December 2021.
Through Access to Work, disabled people can draw on grants worth up to £62,900 to cover the cost of specialist equipment and other means of removing barriers to them thriving in work. A passport will be offered to students who currently using the Disabled Student's Allowance in university, capturing information about their experiences and the adjustments they already benefit from, to avoid repetitive disclosures when it comes to applying for Access to Work. It may have the added benefit of raising awareness of the scheme amongst students and their networks, demystifying the process of starting a new job and removing barriers to career success for all.
We are pleased to see this recommendation taken on board and will be interested to see how the pilot progresses.