Deafness and hearing loss should not be a barrier to finding work. Many employers are recognising the value of making their business more inclusive. As well as complying with equality law, they want to broaden their talent pool. If you are deaf or have hearing loss, information and services are available to help you secure employment.
Meet your Disability Employment Adviser
If you need support in your job search, make an appointment with the Disability Employment Adviser (DEA) at your local Jobcentre Plus. You can ask them about any suitable training courses and disability-friendly employers in the area.
Get help to find work
RNID (formerly Action on Hearing Loss) runs programmes with partners to help people who are deaf or have hearing loss find work. This includes creating a personal development plan and setting out your goals; developing your skills in communication, CV writing and interviewing; gaining work experience, qualifications or certificates; and finding training opportunities. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve paused our face-to-face services. However, advisers are still available to help remotely. Find local support.
Communication support for interviews
Did you know that when you have a job interview, you‘re entitled to communication support if you need it? You can apply for an Access to Work grant to fund a communication professional to accompany you. We’ll then provide a qualified and registered BSL sign language interpreter, speech-to-text reporter, lipspeaker, electronic or manual notetaker, or deafblind interpreter depending on your hearing needs.
Find out more
For more information about booking communication support for job interviews, call 0845 685 8000, (Monday to Friday, 8.30am-5pm), email: firstname.lastname@example.org, SMS: 07537 410 086 or fill in an enquiry form. We also have an out-of-hours 24/7 service – call 0700 341 8352.