Student & Graduate FAQs
Can I apply to internships or graduate programmes through you if I do not have a disability?
No. All of our opportunities are only open to students and graduates with disabilities. If you do not have a disability, please apply directly through the employer.
What is the definition of disability that you apply?
EmployAbility programmes are open to individuals with all disabilities. This includes dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, and dysgraphia. It also includes long term health conditions such as diabetes, asthma, or rehabilitation from a major illness such as cancer. Individuals with visual impairments, hearing impairments, mobility impairments, AST/Aspergers, and mental health conditions are also eligible. This definition is derived from the guidance contained in the Equality Act 2010, which defines a disabled person as “someone who has a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long-term effect on his or her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.” If you are uncertain whether you are eligible to apply to EmployAbility programmes, feel free to Contact Us.
When should I apply for internships or graduate programmes?
Programmes can open for applications as early as July or August, with the remainder opening in September. The earlier you apply the better, even if the deadline is months away! So once a programme is live on our website, apply as soon as possible. Employers have limited places, which may get taken up well before the deadline date. In our experience, students and graduates repeatedly make the mistake of waiting until the last few days before the deadline to submit their applications, only to be disappointed when rejected. By this stage, even outstanding candidates may have little hope of success, either because competition for the few (if any) remaining places becomes more intense, or simply because all places have now been allocated.
What happens if I do not meet the entry requirements?
If you have mitigating reasons (which may or may not be related to your disability) which explain why you have not met the minimum entry requirements for a programme, please discuss these with us. We are able to liaise with employers to obtain the necessary adjustments to the standard criteria on your behalf.
I am a graduate, can I still apply to internship programmes?
Most employers require you to be a penultimate year student when applying to internship programmes. However, if the reason you were unable to apply for these programmes during your penultimate year was for reasons of disability, then EmployAbility programmes can offer more flexibility and you will still be able to apply. If you are interested in any of the programmes we run, please do contact us to discuss your application.
Can you help me with my application form & CV before I submit them?
Yes, we can provide comprehensive advice and guidance for completing application forms and preparing CVs.
I might need some adjustments in the recruitment process, but I don’t know what these might be. Can you help?
Yes, we will discuss and advise you on any adjustments you may need for the application process, tests, interviews or assessment exercises. We have deep expertise in this area, and the employers we work with will generally follow our recommendations.
I have a disability, but am not sure whether or when to disclose it to a prospective employer?
The issue of disclosure is an important one for employers and candidates alike. If you are applying to an EmployAbility programme, you must disclose your disability in order that we can support you effectively.
I have a disability and I am applying for a graduate role, but not with an employer that EmployAbility works with – can you still support me?
Yes, we can still offer you support, advice and guidance on your application and on any disability related adjustments for the recruitment process of any employer, whether we are directly working with them or not. We can also negotiate and make recommendations of any adjustment requirements you may have for different stages of the recruitment process with an employer and liaise directly with them on your behalf to make those recommendations.
I have a disability and I am working in a graduate role, but I feel that I am suffering discrimination. Can you give advise me what I should do?
Though we are not legal experts, we do have a deep knowledge of disability and employment issues, and we will be happy to discuss your situation with you.