Employment advice

Links to Local Help:

The Disability Resource Centre offers training courses to improve confidence, gain new skills and to access support in progressing into employment.

Age UK Bedfordshire

The Bromham Road office in Bedford has a trained team of staff and volunteers who can give independent advice on many topics for older people in Bedfordshire. 01234 360 510 – lines are open 9.30am – 4.00pm, Monday – Friday. The Age UK website provides a page on work and learning information for people in later life; including looking for work,redundancy and external links for different classes and courses, including computer training.

Providing employment advice and support to people who want to enter employment and/or seeking to improve their career.

Gateway Housing Support

Previously known as Bromford Support, this service has transitioned over to Central Bedfordshire Council and aims to support people who either have little or no experience of living independently, a history of homelessness or experiencing tenancy breakdown.

The above link will take you to the Directgov job search page where there are hundreds of job vacancies in Central Bedfordshire.

BRCC (PETE)– Voluntary Works

Helping people who have autism, a learning disability or a mental health condition to make progress towards the labour market. Call 01234 832641 or click the above link title to know more.


Develop give the opportunity for people to develop the skills that employers are looking for. Many of the courses run through Central Bedfordshire.

Central Bedfordshire Work Clubs

Central Bedfordshire work clubs are aimed at adults who are looking for work, training, further learning or volunteering.
Work clubs in Central Bedfordshire are in Biggleswade, Dunstable, Houghton Regis and Leighton Buzzard.

Links to online tools & useful websites:


Benefits Calculator – Find out what benefits you are entitled to.

Employment Allowance Calculator – You can add a number of employees and their salaries to see the overall effect on your payroll.

Job seeker’s allowance – The government provides job seekers allowance for those who are unemployed but are looking for employment.

Citizens Advice Guide

Includes information on rights at work, problems at work, when work comes to an end, young people & employment and many more sections.

Acas provides information, advice, training, conciliation and other services for employers and employees to help prevent or resolve workplace problems.

A free and impartial government service that helps you understand your new pension options.

The Pensions Advisory Service (TPAS) is here to give people professional, independent and impartial help with their pensions – for free. Their helpline – 0300 123 1047 – is open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Employer line offers help and support for employers and business owners.
Free advice helpline – 0800 274 637

Action for Blind People is a national charity with local reach, providing practical help and support to blind and partially sighted people of all ages. They offer visually impaired people help to find a job.

The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities.

Health and Safety Executive

The Health & Safety Executive website has information regarding work related health and safety issues for many occupations and how to prevent health risks- such as dermatitis or asbestos related illnesses.


TCHC offers a range of government-funded services to employers, employees and job seekers. They can help in many areas such as redundancy, apprenticeships or training.

A community sector support organisation that develops, enables, promotes and supports local voluntary and community action (including volunteering) across Bedfordshire.

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