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Employment & Learning Opportunities

The information below provides details of organisations that offer advice and support on employment and learning opportunities for people with disabilities.


Help finding work

Jobs Hub

The Jobs Hub is a unique, new approach to helping Bedford Borough residents of all ages who are unemployed, looking for new skills, have entrepreneurial aspirations or those who are still in education and deciding on their next step. 

The Jobs Hub is staffed by a team of advisers and delivery partners who provide free, impartial and independent information, advice and guidance on a range of options to help you make that next step

Address: 15 Greyfriars, Bedford MK40 1HJ
Tel:  01234 223510
Email:  thejobshub@bedford.gov.uk
Web:  www.bedford.gov.uk/jobs_and_careers/jobs_hub.aspx


Bedford Borough Council - Supported Employment Service

This is specialist supported employment service for adults with a disability.  We support people to access employment and volunteering.

You will need to be referred to the service by the Adult Learning Disability Team who you can contact on Tel: 01234 276762


Disability Employment Advisers

A Disability Employment Adviser (DEA) at your local Jobcentre can help you find a job or gain new skills and tell you about disability friendly employers in your area.

They can also refer you to a specialist work psychologist, if appropriate, or carry out an ‘employment assessment’, asking you about:

  • your skills and experience
  • what kind of roles you’re interested in


Ask to speak to a DEA at your local Jobcentre:


Jobcentre Plus Bedford

Address: Wyvern House, 55 Bromham Road, Bedford MK40 2EH
Tel: 0845 6043719
Textphone: 0845 608 8551

Web: www.gov.uk/contact-jobcentre-plus


Access to work

An Access to Work grant helps pay for practical support so you can do your job. You may be able to apply if you have a disability, health or mental health condition.

Web:  https://www.gov.uk/access-to-work/overview



Learning opportunities in Bedford Borough

Adult Learning in Bedfordshire

Adult Learning can you help you gain qualifications or skills to get you back into work

For more information visit the Bedfordshire Adult Skills and Community Learning website

Web:  www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/learning/adult-learning/default.aspx


Bedford College

Bedford College has a range of professional part-time courses to support you to move your career on, whether you are looking to develop an existing role or begin a new one.

Qualifications available are accredited by leading industry bodies.  There are a variety of study courses at a range of times.

The Additional Learning Support Team are available to support students with a specific learning difficulty or disability or who are deaf or hearing impaired to make the most of your course.

Cauldwell Street, Bedford MK42 9AH
Tel: 01234 291000
Fax: 01234 342674
Minicom: 01234 262870
Email: info@bedford.ac.uk

Web: www.bedford.ac.uk/


Bedford College Learning Centre

We offer a wide range of computing courses for all levels from beginners to those who want to develop existing IT skills.  Professional tutors and easy to follow learning materials ensure that you have all the support you require in order to succeed.

We also offer training in Job Search and Interview Skills for those looking for work to help improve your job hunting skills and interview performance.


Address: 88 High Street, Bedford MK40 1RG

Tel:  01234 269137

Web: www.thelearningcentres.co.uk/bedford_learning_centre.aspx


Beds Garden Carers

Beds Garden Carers (BGC) is a local charity delivering services to people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour. We offer a number of projects including work experience in gardening, workshop and retail, training and education. We also offer a number of recreational activities and holidays. All our projects develop life and basic skills and enable our members to further take part in society.

Address:  1 Brereton Road, Bedford MK40 1HU

Tel:  01234 352887

Fax:  01234 357981

Email:  sharon@bedsgardencarers.org.uk

Web:  www.bedsgardencarers.org.uk/


Kennedy Scott Bedford

The centre provides a friendly and supportive environment where clients can learn new skills in order to improve their job prospects, gain qualifications or just for personal use.  

From computing to skills for life, we can help you build your qualifications and confidence. The courses are open to anyone aged over 16, regardless of whether or not you are in employment


Address: 3rd Floor, 21-23 Mill Street, Bedford MK40 3EU

Tel 01234 349 093/01234 349 115
Email mailto:bedfordld@kennedyscott.co.uk

Web: www.kennedyscott.co.uk/bedford.html



learndirect is the UK’s largest provider of skills, training and employment services.

Address: Nhanced Learning Ltd (Bedford), 2 - 6 Cauldwell Street, Bedford MK42 9AD

Tel: 01234 267977


Livability Lifestyle Choices East Midlands

Livability Lifestyle Choices supports adults and young people with disabilities into accessing social, leisure, educational, training and lifestyle opportunities in Bedfordshire.  We aim to promote social inclusion and independent choice and activities for people who have disabilities through person-centred programmes and community integration. 

Address:  Lincoln Court, Borough Road, Buckingham Road Industrial Estate, Brackley, Northants NN13 7BE

Tel:  01280 840049

Fax:  01280 701314

Email:  mhimpson@sda.livability.org.uk

Web:  www.livability.org.uk/


Mastroe Charity

Mastroe is a Charitable organisation that uses a unique combination of work based training and social enterprise to deliver employment, work skills, work experience and other opportunities to the marginalised, less privileged and long term unemployed.

Mastroe projects and programmes focus on employability and are designed to help and prepare our beneficiaries for the workplace. Our Social Enterprise projects create jobs but also offer practical work based training as well as work experience opportunities. Mastroe Programmes on the other hand offer unique, holistic solutions that combine classroom training with practical Work based training within our manufacturing social enterprise.

Mastroe Projects and programmes ensure that beneficiaries can experience a unique mix of work related learning, cross industry skills, work experience as well as Employment all within the same organisation.

Mastroe Projects are to create Jobs where over 80% employed were previously considered marginalised, long term unemployed or less privileged.  Mastroe programmes are offered free to our beneficiaries
Address: 261 Bedford Road, Kempston, Beds, MK42 8BP

Tel: 01234 910191

Email: info@mastroe.org

Web: www.mastroe.org/


Stables Christian Centre (Bolnhurst Stables Trust)

We offer work-based training to small groups of vulnerable adults, including learning disabled, autistic, ex-offenders and those with mental health problems.  We care for five acres of woodland, hedges and meadow and grow herb and wildflower plants to sell.  We also produce our own preserves, cards, jewellery and gifts.  We regularly open to the public and welcome visitors and volunteers.

Address:  Stables Christian Centre, Bolnhurst, Bedford MK44 2ES

Tel:  01234 376237

Email:  admin@stableschristiancentre.co.uk

Web:  www.stableschristiancentre.co.uk/


Bedford Arts and Crafts Centre

Bedford Arts & Crafts Centre is a ' not for profit' community interest company offering a wide range of arts & crafts courses in the day, evening and at weekends for adults of all ages and abilities.   As an organisation we recognise the importance and benefit learning can have on an individual for social, physical and well-being.

Address: Ampthill Road (off Althorpe Street), Bedford MK42 9HE

Tel: 01234 266510

Email: frances.darlow@bedfordcraftcentre.co.uk

Web: www.bedfordcraftscentre.co.uk/


National information and organisations

gov uk - Looking for work if you’re disabled



The Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities

Address: Colechurch House, 1 London Bridge Walk , London SE1 2SX

Tel:  020 7803 1100
Web:  www.learningdisabilities.org.uk/


Mental Health Employment and Training Services

Address: The Mental Health Foundation, Colechurch House, 1 London Bridge Walk, London SE1 2SX

Tel: 020 7803 1100

Web: www.mentalhealth.org.uk/


Skills Funding Agency

The Skills Funding Agency is a partner organisation of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS).  Our job is to fund and promote adult further education (FE) and skills training in England, including Traineeships and Apprenticeships , in a way that supports economic growth.

Tel:  0845 377 5000
Email:  info@skillsfundingagency.bis.gov.uk.

Web:  skillsfundingagency.bis.gov.uk/


Caring and employment

Almost two thirds of working age Carers are in some sort of paid employment. A third of those work full-time and provide care for more than 20 hours per week. Combining work and caring can be difficult. The Carer on occasion may have to take time off work to look after the person in need when an emergency occurs. The Government has acknowledged the importance of the Carer being able to do this and at the same time have their rights to employment protected.

Web: www.gov.uk/time-off-for-dependants

Further information for carers is available from:

Carers in Bedfordshire

Address:  Suite K, Sandland Court, The Pilgrim Centre, Brickhill Drive, Bedford MK41 7PZ

Tel:  0300 111 1919

Fax:  01234 341766

Email:  contact@carersinbeds.org.uk

Web:  www.carersinbeds.co.uk/


Carers UK

Address: 20 Great Dover Street, London SE1 4LX

Tel: 020 7378 4999
CarersLine: 0808 808 7777 1000-1200 Wednesday-Thursday

Web: www.carersuk.org/


Carers Trust

Address: 32-36 Loman Street, London SE1 0EH

Tel: 0844 800 4361

Email: info@carers.org

Web:  www.carers.org/

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