As an employer, you know that having a team of diverse and well trained staff is an important part of your business.


The Hub can offer you staff training in communication techniques and strategies for supporting people with learning difficulties and disabilities in the workplace.

Ask us about offering Derwen College students work placement opportunities or employment as well.  We work closely with many employers to provide support for both you and the student who works with you.


Only 6% of adults with learning disabilities gain employment.

Therefore meaningful work placements with real work experiences
create life changing opportunities for our students.


At Derwen College, a work placement links to the students’ chosen vocational pathway in either
Hospitality and Housekeeping, Retail, Horticulture or Creative Arts and is a few hours per week for a minimum of approximately 12 weeks.

A job coach supports all placements so there is no pressure on you to supervise the placement – just give us some tasks to get on with and we will complete them for you. Job coaches can also be trained to industry standard by yourselves to ensure the students are learning the correct standards whilst at their placement and to succeed in their role.

Offering work placements to a person with a learning difficulty can promote diversity in the workplace and can help a company to maintain a positive reputation.

Customers, visitors and guests often speak to our students or job coaches to say how fantastic it is to see our students working hard. This helps to support and promote a positive experience when students come to your business on a work placement.