Inclusive employers and opportunities

The best employers actively champion diversity in the workplace. Many graduate recruiters go beyond formal legal requirements and set themselves challenging recruitment targets to build a diverse workforce.  To find out who these employers are you can

  • Check the organisation website for information on equal opportunities policies, employee support networks or diversity champions
  • Keep an eye on our events calendar for insight events aimed at under-represented groups 
  • Find out if the relevant professional bodies offer initiatives or events
  • Look out for the Disability Confident logo

Through our partnership with EmployAbility students and graduates have access to individualised advice and support about adjustments for recruitment and the workplace, information about your rights, and support with your application. 

The EmployAbility team will also advocate for you with an employer to ensure you receive the adjustments you need, taking any stress and anxiety out of the process. Register here with EmployAbility to access free support and advice.

Below are some employers and schemes we are aware of:

10,000 Black Interns seeks to offer 2,000 internships each year for five consecutive years and has partnered with firms from 24 different sectors, delivering internships across a range of internal business functions

African Carribean Education Network (ACEN) in partnership with National Graduate Development Programe for Local Government aims to fast-track successful applicants to management roles within local councils. The 24 month programme is fully funded and culminates in an ILM Level 7 qualification in Leadership and Management delivered by SOLACE and the University of Birmingham.

AHEAD - Work Mentoring Programme for graduates (Ireland)

Ambitious about Autism - work experience opportunities in London and across the UK for autistic people over 18

Auticon employs autistic adults as IT consultants on a permanent basis. Each individual’s skill set is then matched to a specific client project with an employer who has invested in creating an autism-positive work environment. Auticon supports its consultants with highly individualised, sustained support mechanisms in the workplace

BBC Extend Hub the BBC recruitment portal for entry level schemes and apprenticeships for people with a disability

BEMIS jobs board advertises opportunities with partner organisations (BEMIS is the national umbrella body supporting the development of the Ethnic Minorities Voluntary Sector in Scotland)

Civil Service Early Diversity Internship Programme 5-day placement in a government department is available to first-year undergraduates from diverse backgrounds

Civil Service Summer Diversity Internship Programme puts talented undergraduates and graduates on a 2 month work placement in a government department

Creative Access advertises internships and graduate opportunities and supports talented people from groups that are under-represented in terms of ethnicity, socio-economic background and disability to enter the creative industries and thrive when they get in

Disability Confident - jobs at companies signed up to Disability Confident scheme

Enna Jobs Board (formerly Stack) - employers looking to recruit nuerodivergant applicants

Equate Scotland manages the only UK wide “women into STEM” job advertising platform

Evenbreak's Career Hive  provides relevant and accessible careers support for disabled candidates looking for new or better work, delivered by careers professionals with lived experience of disability. An accessible job search site is also provided

Exceptional Individuals is a social enterprise that partners dyslexic and neurodiverse jobseekers with employers in London and increasingly across the UK

Inclusion Scotland funded by the Scottish Government to create internship opportunities for disabled people in Scotland

Leonard Cheshire Change 100 - paid summer internships for students and graduates with disabilities or long-term health conditions

NHS Professional Careers Programme The Professional Careers Programme is a 2-year salaried employment opportunity for disabled graduates. NHSScotland is a partner organisation, hosting placements for graduates on the programme. You will have a professional-level role and could work in any of the NHSScotland Boards.

Pink News Jobs Board lists opportunities with leading employers (PinkNews is the brand for the global LGBT+ community and the next generation)

Stonewall Scotland Top 100 Employers list identifys the best employers for LGBT people and is published annually

Vercida job search (it's possible to filter results by disability

Where women work Jobs board advertises internships, apprenticeships, graduate roles, experienced hires, women returners, executives. Full-time, part-time, flexible or contract

WISE jobs board for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). 

Women in STEM jobs board aims to help graduate employers attract female applicants to their graduate scheme, internship and placement opportunities