Performance, training and development

Appraisals and regular reviews can give you the chance to talk to your manager about specific new tasks or responsibilities and any adjustments or support you may need. You might also want to training or promotion. It can be a good time to talk about how your disability or health condition is being managed more generally at work, and to mention any ways in which they may have contributed to your achievements.

Your line manager should ensure that the paperwork and meeting are accessible to you and that you have enough time and information to prepare.


Training and development needs are usually identified as part of your appraisal/line management. One of the most important ways your employer can support your development is through training, and they should make sure you are able to access all training on offer to other employees. They should do this by consulting you about the best ways to make the training inclusive, such as sending you handouts before the day, providing follow-up mentoring, using more frequent rest breaks or providing training over a longer period of time.

Your employer is responsible for making sure that training providers comply with the requirements of the DDA.

Training can be adjusted in the following ways:

  • one-to-one training for particular tasks;
  • adjustments to physical access to training locations;
  • improved lighting;
  • better signage;
  • adjustments to residential accommodation;
  • different timing for courses;
  • changes in style of presentation; or
  • allowing a trainee to bring a personal care attendant.

It is also important that you are able to take part fully in all work events, team meetings, email briefings and away days. Again, you may be able to advise how best to do this. Some adjustments include ‘mind mapped’ information, team meetings with sign language interpreters, and accessible venues and transport for away days.

You may also need to have training set up just for you: for example, to use any adaptations or special equipment provided, or retraining to help you stay in your current role or adapt to a new role.

Earning while learning

Modern apprenticeships are available for young people aged 16–24. They last between one and three years, and can help you to get hands-on experience of working, gain qualifications and earn money at the same time.

For employers they offer the chance to improve workforce skills and keep good staff.

Work Based Learning in England and Wales (Training for Work in Scotland) is a positive way to train or gain valuable work experience related to the job you want to do.

It can help you get a job, gain related skills and / or learn about self-employment. Basic employability training is also available for people who need extra help.

The scheme is mainly for over-25s, but some disabled people may be eligible from 18 years’ onwards.

You will agree a training plan to meet your specific needs. While you are training, you will receive an allowance, equivalent to any benefit you are entitled to, plus £10 per week and potentially also help with expenses, such as travel and childcare.

If you’re offered a job before you complete your training, you may still be able to complete your agreed training plan.

Last Updated: 30 Jun 2009