Employment support for carers

Employment support programme for carers

The free support programme available from The Disability Resource Centre for carers could be the starting point you need to help manage your wellbeing, learn new skills and/or gain paid work.

Topics covered:

  • Identify transferable skills and strengths
  • Explore different work options 
  • Skills health checks
  • Write a winning CV & excelling in interview 
  • Covering letters and emails
  • Volunteering opportunities & self-employment
  • Support in the workplace

In work support

It is your choice whether to tell your employer about your caring role or not. To find out whether there is a carer’s policy or any extra support for carers in your workplace, you could check your contract of employment, staff handbook, Human Resources (HR) policies or letter of appointment.

If there is a carer’s policy then what support it offers will depend on your workplace. Examples include:

  • Carer’s leave (paid or unpaid)
  • Time off to accompany the person you are looking after to appointments (paid or unpaid)
  • A carers’ support group or contact

For further support please contact:

  • Carers UK or call 0808 808 7777 (Monday – Tuesday 10am-4pm)
  • ACAS

Useful links for carers for employment

On this page we show all the ways to help improve your employment prospects as a carer, from free training and support programmes, career advice, job hunting skills (like CV building and interview skills), skills training, searching for jobs, applying for jobs and local adult education courses.


Thinking of returning to work?

If you are an unpaid carers and would also like to return to work check out the advice from Carers UK.

Careers and skills training

Search for courses and training online and get advice on qualifications and funding.

National Careers Service

Take a few minutes to review your skills and strengths.  There are 4 assessments covering personal skills and 6 that cover your work activities.

Free computer courses

Learn My Way provides free IT/ digital online courses for beginners.


Sally and Levi are here to help

Please contact us if you would like to speak to Sally and Levi from our carer support team, for free and confidential assistance about employment for unpaid carers in Luton. We help unpaid carers with advice and support on many topics so please do get in touch.


Working as a Personal Assistant

Local training directory – All the locally available training for PAs, carers and healthcare professionals is available on the BMLK training directory pages covering Luton, Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes.

Skills for Care – You can access PA training through the Skills for Care website

Care Academy – The Disability Resource Centre have there own specialist training programme for carers, PAs and employers. Please contact  for the latest training available through our Care Academy.

The Disability Resource Centre is pleased to partner with CarePair to advertise jobs from employers who are looking to recruit personal assistants. To get started  please visit the CarePair website. If you have any issues with creating an account they will be happy to help, just call 01582 470 900.

Advice for job seekers

Jobcentre Plus

JCP provide lots of advice and support to jobseekers on careers and job searching.

Find a job

Careers hub at Luton Borough Council

Search council, school and other jobs available in Luton.

Job search and vacancies from Jobcentre Plus

You can register and get notifications on new vacancies via JCP.


You can search Indeed for vacancies and apply online.

Find an Apprenticeship

Search for an apprenticeship by clicking the link above

Self Employment

Advice on starting your own business from Luton Borough Council

Self employed and sole trader income calculator

Spotted any more useful sites?

Please let us know so we can keep updating this page with useful information for carers.

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