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Recruitment support

Bedford College’s new Job Shop is here to assist you in advertising and filling your job vacancies. All for free!

The Job Shop offers a variety of services designed to bridge the gap between our talented students and your business. We are here to assist you in identifying the skills and qualifications you require for your job vacancies, as well as advising you on all the employment options available.

Through the Job Shop, Bedford College offers a high-quality recruitment service, meaning you can find the right candidates from our talent pool of 16,000 students on full and part-time courses. You can also benefit from our pre-vetting service, support with job descriptions and so much more, plus it’s all free!

Benefits for your business

Here at the Job Shop we can tailor our services to suit your needs, so your recruitment process runs as smoothly as possible. We will work with you every step of the way to ensure you get the best people for the job.

Bedford College has over 16,000 current full-time and part-time students, so we have a great talent pool to pick from when helping you choose the right candidates for your vacancies. Plus, we continue working with our students for up to two years after they leave us, meaning we have thousands of potential employees at our fingertips.

Job ShopHow the Job Shop can help you…

We can offer you the following:

  • job vacancies advertised directly to students website for online applications
  • jobs match with our database of students
  • interview space in Bedford town centre
  • support with job descriptions
  • pre-vetting service
  • assessment centres
  • advice on alternative employment opportunities such as Traineeships and Apprenticeships
  • advice on the funding available to you.


Work skills

The Job Shop also helps Bedford College students with a range of work-related skills including CV writing, interview preparation, job search skills and other essential employment skills. This means that our students are well prepared for the world of work.

Get involved

Find out more about Bedford College’s Job Shop at www.bedford.ac.uk/jobshop. You can also call us on 01234 291805 or email us at jobshop@bedford.ac.uk. 

Recruitment support

Is your organisation relocating to the area?

Or maybe your organisation wants to support the local economy, as part of your corporate social responsibility policy, by taking on those at risk from redundancy or unemployed? Or are you a recruitment agency working on behalf of one of these organisations?

Our team can not only help you find potential employees, but we can also equip these individuals with the critical skills they need to drive your business forward.

How it works

We will work closely with you to identify the critical skills you need to help your business succeed.

We will then work with Jobcentre Plus and other relevant agencies to identify potential employees and conduct initial skills diagnostics.

We will deliver a fully funded short training programme to potential employees that focus on the critical skills they need to enter employment in your sector. We will also support this training with the development of softer skills such as team working and self-confidence, as well as numeracy and literacy.

All we ask from you is that on successful completion of the training, you guarantee participants an interview. To find out more contact our Employer Training Services team on 01234 291747 or complete our online enquiry form.