5Applications and interviews
When requesting further information about a job, it is worth noting that you can ask for this in an alternative format, such as large print, Braille, tape or electronically. You can also ask to submit your application in an alternative format. Under the Equality Act 2010, providing application materials in an alternative format is likely to be considered a reasonable adjustment that an employer should make. Some organisations can provide advice and assistance with writing CVs and filling in application forms. See section 9 Disability organisations that help jobseekers.
Under the Equality Act 2010 the employer has a duty to make reasonable adjustments to the arrangements for interview. If you need any adjustments, it is advisable to tell the employer in advance so that they can ensure the necessary arrangements are made. For example, if a person is unable to attend an interview at a specific time because of a disability, it is likely under the Act that the employer would have to rearrange the time.
Access to Work
Access to Work (AtW) is a scheme run by Jobcentre Plus that provides practical help to disabled people in the workplace by meeting some of the extra employment costs that arise from a disability. It can pay for many aspects of support ranging from the extra cost of getting to and from work to special aids and equipment, and adaptations to premises. If you have to attend an interview, Access to Work can meet the costs of a communicator and/or travel to interview. You can use Access to Work even if you are still a student and need to attend an interview. See Skill’s information booklet Help for disabled people from Jobcentre Plus.