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Employer Academy

Support for Employers of Disabled People

Our exciting new Employers Academy is proving very successful.

Learn how to transform the culture and skills mix of your business, and how to recruit and retain people with disabilities through a range of activities provided by the academy, including free seminars and networking events.

Recruitment support includes:

  • Advice and guidance
  • Free breakfast workshops
  • A register of suitable candidates
  • Help with your recruitment process
  • Support from our dedicated Employer Liaison Officer
  • Support for up to 6 weeks when you employ one of our candidates
  • Signposting to wider support including Access to Work

At The Disability Resource Centre, we have been running an employ~ability programme to prepare our candidates for the workplace. We build confidence, identify key skills and develop their workplace skills including IT. Our Employer Liaison Officer will refer candidates to you who have the relevant skills and attributes that you are looking for. 

The benefits of working with The Disability Resource Centre to help diversify your workforce by employing people with disability are:

  • Our candidates have been through a development programme to make them ready for the workplace
  • The individuals are fully committed to going back into the workplace
  • We support you to have confidence in employing someone with a disability
  • You increase the pool of candidates available to you
  • We do not charge any recruitment costs to the employer
  • Our candidates bring a vast array of skills, knowledge and experience into your workplace
  • Employing the right person will have a positive impact on your business

To access this free service and discuss how we can help you, please do not hesitate to contact us.

For further information please call the Health, Learning and Work team on 01582 470900 or email hlw@drcbeds.org.uk

Please read our Employer Academy Reports from previous years.

Please refer to our terms and conditions.

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Please help us. Our charity changes people’s lives every week. A donation of £5 could help us to run our community cafe for vulnerable older people in Dunstable. To donate £5 by mobile phone text: Simply text DRCBEDS 5 to 70085   Please donate in person, online, by post or by text.  

Friday art workshop

A splash of colour to end your week. Gain the therapeutic effects of art and learn lots of new skills in a small and supportive group. Every Friday afternoon.


Care Academy

Whether you are an employer or a personal assistant (PA) you can access a range of relevant and engaging workshops delivered by specialist trainers.

Meeting rooms for hire

Hire our fully equipped meeting rooms with free wifi, a digital projector, tea & coffee facilities, flexible room space and on-site parking for over 100 cars, including 12 dedicated disabled parking bays.

Self Directed Support


 Please consider donating to The Disability Resource Centre today so we can continue our vital services.

On this form-filling workshop (held most Mondays) you will have help and guidance to complete your PIP or AA (attendance allowance) claim form.

Hire our fully equipped meeting rooms with free wifi, a digital projector, tea & coffee facilities, flexible room space and on-site parking for over 100 cars, including 12 dedicated disabled parking bays.

Come along to our Friday drop-in session for 1-2-1 support from our employment coaches. We help people across Bedfordshire who are looking for work.

Every Thursday we offer expert help with seating and a full demonstration of all the chairs and riser-recliners we have in our shop. Our seating specialist is here to advise and help you choose the best seating.

For new or existing Personal Assistants (PAs) our free training will help improve your skills in a way that is specific to your role. We are holding monthly PA induction training sessions…

Check this page to download the timesheet you need for PAs and employers that we are supporting with direct payments including payroll and other services.

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