The Specialist Employability Service is a dedicated employment service designed specifically for people who a broad range of disabilities. Funded by the Department for Work and Pensions, six contracts totaling £10.5 million, were put out to tender in July 2015. There are four Pan-Disability contracts and two Sensory Impairment (one for sight and one for hearing) contracts. Doncaster Deaf Trust had to compete for this contract with major national organisations and were very proud to have won the Sensory Impairment (Hearing) contract.

DWP's confidence in us, as the primary organisation in the UK for helping and supporting deaf people, has been shown to be completely justified. As of February 2017, the trust was the top performing organisation of all 6 contractors, for helping people to find - and stay in - employment. 

We deliver our contract in partnership with Clarion UK, Action on Hearing Loss (Scotland) and Action on Hearing Loss (Wales). 

If anyone would like more details on this programme and how they might become involved, please call 01302 386751 or e-mail:[email protected]

Please note - anyone wishing to take part as a client, must, in the first instance, talk to their DWP Adviser. 

Work and Health Programme: The Work and Health Programme will replace the Work Programme during 2017 and 2018 and as the new name implies, greater focus will be placed on assisting and supporting people with disabilities. The first stage of the competition has been concluded and the final stage of tendering has begun. Although we can't say exactly who will be granted the contracts to run this new programme, we can tell you who the finalists in each region are:

Lot 1 – Central England: G4S, Ingeus, PeoplePlus, Reed, Shaw Trust
Lot 2 – North East England: G4S, PeoplePlus, Reed, Shaw Trust, Working Links
Lot 3 – North West England: G4S, The Work Company, Ingeus, PeoplePlus, Reed
Lot 4 – Southern England: G4S, PeoplePlus, Pluss, Prospects, Shaw Trust, Working Links
Lot 5 – Home Counties: APM, G4S, Ingeus, PeoplePlus, Shaw Trust
Lot 6 – Wales: PeoplePlus, Pluss, Remploy, Shaw Trust, Working Links
Lot 7 – National: G4S, PeoplePlus, Pluss, Ingeus, Reed, Shaw Trust, Working Links

Watch this space for further news!