Job Introduction Scheme

The Job Introduction Scheme, available only in Northern Ireland, is a job trial lasting 13 weeks. It offers both the employer and the person with the disability the opportunity to try work and see if the requirements of the job and the skills of the person with the disability match.

How much employers get

Employers receive a grant of £75 per week for the length of the job trial. The employee with the disability is employed under the same terms and conditions as any other employee of that company and receives a wage at the 'going rate for the job'.

Payment will be made in a lump sum at the end of the 13 week job trial period.

Who is eligible

The grant is available to employers who employ people with disabilities either full-time or part-time. The job should be permanent and expected to last at least 32 weeks.

What happens at the end of the 13 weeks

At the end of the 13 weeks, the Employment Service Adviser from the Jobs and Benefits office will meet with the employee and the employer to review the job trial and arrange for the grant to be paid.

More information about the grant

You can get more information on this grant by speaking to a Employment Service Adviser at your local Jobs & Benefits office/JobCentre.

Disability Employment Service

The Disability Employment Service (DES) provides support to employers to help them recruit people with health issues or disabilities. It also allows employers to retain employees who become sick or disabled in their jobs.

DES also helps people who are sick and disabled find employment. It also has an Occupational Psychology Service.

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