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Specialist Employment - Frequently Asked Questions for Jobseekers

Yes, we are still supporting people as of this time. Health and safety is really important to us, therefore we are supporting people remotely as much as possible. This means having meetings on the telephone as well as video conferencing apps. The most common ones we use are;

  • Skype
  • Microsoft Teams
  • FaceTime
  • WhatsApp

Your preferred communication option will be discussed during the initial phone call we conduct with you.

As the above question said we are mainly supporting you by video conferencing apps. At the moment, we are only meeting people face to face when there is no other way. Where we need to meet you face to face, we will follow all government guidelines to ensure everyone is safe as possible.

To access Kent Supported Employment you will need to meet the following:

  • At the age of 16 or above
  • You live in Kent
  • Additional barriers to finding a job because of your disability or health condition
  • You would like to find paid work.

If your primary disability is mental health, we can signpost you to other support services that Kent County Council fund for this.

Yes, we support people that have an EHCP but also support those who do not. If you do have an EHCP then you may still be able to access funding from your EHCP depending on the type of job you get/have.

Yes, as a service we can support you in both. However, we would work with a training provider who would support you with the training.

As we support people throughout Kent. We will meet you somewhere local for you.

Places we could meet you include:

  • Kent County Council Offices
  • Gateways
  • Libraries

We can discuss this with you at your initial meeting where would be best. We will not usually meet you at home.

You will need to let your Employment Support Officer know as soon as possible. You can call or text them on their work mobiles.

If you are unsure who contacted you to arrange this, then use the contact details below:

Please ensure that you provide us with your full name and time that the appointment was arranged so we can let the Employment Support Officer know.
appointment was arranged so we can let the Employment Support Officer know.

There is no set timeframe for when or how long this will be, this will be down to you to be motivated and committed to keep pursuing opportunities. As we said everyone, we support is different so the time it takes to find a job will be different for each person.

We are not a recruitment agency, while we do have links with employers across Kent, we operate a person-centred approach. It will be down to you to work with your adviser to come up with ideas for jobs that you may be interested in.

If you would like further information around this, you can view examples by visiting our testimonial and blogs sections from service users and employers on our main page.