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Disability employment service

The Disability Employment Service is funded by us. If you're unemployed and disabled, we can help you.

We support disabled people to find training, work experience, voluntary work and paid employment.

Employment is not just about earning money. It provides social contact, structure, friendships and can improve wellbeing and self esteem. We can make employment a realistic option for many disabled people.

We offer the following services:

  • help to match you to the job that's right for you
  • help to find work experience and voluntary work
  • make sure you find out about job vacancies
  • help with selling yourself in your application forms and CV
  • help you prepare for interviews
  • advise you about support in the workplace, such as equipment or other support you may need
  • support you to access work placements and apprenticeships
  • help employers to support their disabled staff

We cannot:

  • promise that you'll get an interview or that you'll get a job
  • give you a job or create a job for you

Support for students

Many young people want to go to work, but may feel there is no support for them.

We can help you with:

  • work experience
  • training
  • voluntary work that could lead to paid work
  • looking for jobs
  • applying for jobs
  • mock interviews
  • support at interviews
  • in work support

We can also tell you about and signpost you to help from other services.


Your business could benefit from using the skills and talents of disabled people.

We can help you find and recruit someone who could be a real asset to your business.

We'll meet with you and discuss what you need, and help you find someone suitable for your organisation.

If the applicant is successful, we can support them if necessary, and can provide on-the-job coaching.

We can also assist employers who have disabled staff and would like some advice or support. This includes providing some free disability awareness training for your staff, or advice on any reasonable adjustments.

Employment and health support initiative

We're working in partnership with public health to support people living in Chesterfield, North East Derbyshire and Bolsover who have long term health conditions or mental health problems.

We can help you to get back into employment, start work for the first time, or to remain in work.

We can support you to obtain work taster days, work experience and voluntary work, with the prospect of moving on to paid employment if possible.

We're a confidential service. But there may be various partners that we need to work with to help you to get to your chosen goal. The employment and health support worker will agree with you who your information can be shared with.

We can help you if you are:

  • unemployed due to a long term health condition
  • unable to work due to ill health
  • in employment but struggling due to a health condition that affects the way that you work

Ways we can help:

  • offering one to one support from an employment and health support worker to identify barriers to work
  • create an action plan with agreed steps to help you on your employment pathway
  • job searching
  • CV writing
  • attending interviews - hints and tips
  • signposting to relevant training providers

We can't:

  • guarantee you a job
  • create a job for you

At the initial meeting, the employment and health support worker will agree with you how often you'll meet.

They'll agree how to keep in touch, for example, by email, telephone, text or letter. And they'll start working with you on your action plan.

Meetings will take place in a mutually agreed venue. It will be a safe and confidential place.

Contact us

Tel: 01629 532440

Disability Employment Service
Derbyshire County Council
County Hall

Disability Employment Service information leaflets

You can order printed copies of Disability Employment Service information leaflets using the adult care leaflet order form. These can be ordered in bulk by libraries, career support services or similar organisations.