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Access to Work (AtW)

So, what exactly is Access to Work (ATW)?

ATW is government money that comes from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) via Jobcentre Plus.

The purpose of ATW is to provide grants for practical support in the workplace.

And who is ATW for?

  • An individual in a paid job,
  • an unemployed individual about to start a new job,
  • an unemployed individual about to start a work trial,
  • or a self-employed individual.


If you have certain health conditions, or you’re a Deaf or disabled individual, and your health condition, your disability or being Deaf means there are parts of your job you can’t do.

You may find you’re not affected much (or at all!) by your health condition or disability as you do your job on a day-to-day basis.

However, if your disability or health condition could have a long-term effect on how well you can do your job, this is taken into consideration when you apply for ATW.

What can ATW be used for, then?

ATW can be used to pay for any support you need to be able to do all parts of your job. Examples of the kind of practical support many people need are:

  • an interpreter or other support at a job interview or for daily work requirements,
  • adapting equipment to make it easier for you to use,
  • aid and equipment in your workplace,
  • support to travel to and from work,

and more!

appa provides a range of tailored support services for students to match your specific needs. We can also support you in identifying the materials, equipment or technological assistance you need.

Our services are entirely client-centred. This means you choose as much or as little support as you require, and you manage when and how you use our services.

For further information, go to our support and interpreting pages, or contact us to find out more about the services we provide for individuals receiving DSA.

How do I apply For ATW?

appa can support you with applying for and getting ATW funded provision. We can work with you to identify what you as an individual require to meet your disability and hearing needs in the workplace.

Get in touch with our friendly, approachable staff at appa today to find out more about ATW, to discuss your needs, or to get started on your ATW application.