Dr B's Kitchen Belfast

Frequently asked questions


Q. What is a learning disability?
A. The causes of learning disabilities are often unknown but are sometimes due to specific illnesses or conditions e.g., Downs Syndrome. People with a learning disability will be slower to learn than their peers and may need more time to master certain tasks. It does not mean they cannot learn.

Q. What age do I have to be to work at Dr B’s?
A. You need to be a school leaver aged between 16 and 23 years of age. Some trainees have just finished school while others have been on training schemes or unemployed. We offer a high level of support you might not get elsewhere.

Q. I want to come and work at Dr B’s. How do I go about that?
A. You can either refer yourself, or be referred by someone else such as your careers teacher or your social worker. You can come down to Dr B’s and visit and if you want, we can arrange a work sampling placement. If you enjoy your work sampling placement, then we will be happy to discuss taking up a full time training placement.

Q. How much will I get paid?
A. Trainees are paid £25 per week, if eligible. You will also be paid travel expenses. Lunch, breaks, and uniforms are provided free of charge.

Q. I am an employer. What will it cost the business if I offer a work placement?
A. Simply nothing as long as you have public liability insurance. Dr B’s will continue to pay the trainee a training allowance and their travel expenses. If the trainee is matched successfully to the job and given the correct level of support they will make a valuable contribution to your business.

Q. As an employer, what support can I depend on?
A. Dr B’s Kitchen employs a professionally trained Employment Support Worker who will support the trainee, you and your staff at the required level throughout the work placement.

Q. Do I need previous experience of working with learning disability?
A. No. Our Employment Support Worker can answer any queries you may have and offer practical ideas to help trainee performance in the workplace. On-going support and advice is always available.

Q. What if I want to offer the trainee a job?
A. Many employers are realising the valuable contribution people with a disability make to an organisation. Should you wish to offer them a job, the Employment Support Worker can discuss the various employment options that are available.