Welcome to Be Involved

A Work Wiltshire initiative that enables employers and businesses in Wiltshire to influence education and skills in a practical and meaningful way. Building future talent starts with nurturing current potential

To support this initiative, we have created a directory of employers, businesses, and organisations who have pledged to work together. Offering young people, disadvantaged and underrepresented groups inspiring experiences with employers that make a difference.  Practical industry insights and workplace experiences not only open up a diverse range of opportunities and pathways, but also helps businesses and the economy to thrive.

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  • improved recruitment:  lower staff  turnover, reducing training and supervision cost as the result of better matches between recruits and the needs of businesses resulting in greater productivity advertise your vacancies to a wider candidate pool https://workwiltshire.co.uk/information-for-employers/#opportunity
  • improves staff morale: involvement of existing employees in the mentoring and supervision of work placements encourages their own development and learning. It is rewarding for staff to be involved in the development of others and helps improve their confidence and management skills
  • better community engagement: engaging with work experience helps to build stronger relationships with suppliers, customers and clients, and thereby opens up new business opportunities. Raising your businesses profile within the wider community can demonstrate that the business is socially responsible
  • increased social mobility: engaging people from a range of different backgrounds who may not have considered a job in your sector before, engaging disadvantaged young people
  • a more inclusive workforce: encouraging more girls to think about engineering, encouraging more people from ethnic minorities to consider careers in construction, or promoting your business as disability confident. It is important for a company’s staff profile to mirror that of their local community and their customer base
  • additional support: our team of dedicated Employment and Skills Officers are at hand to support you https://workwiltshire.co.uk/information-for-employers/
  • free business support directory: https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/business-advice-support/covid-19/business-support-directory

I am not sure if the business has the capacity to ‘Be Involved’ at the moment:

  • Our business would normally recruit staff with previous experience.
  • Offering work experience takes a lot of organising
  • The business doesn’t have the time
  • We have never done anything like this before and would not know where to start
  • I am not sure if this is right for the business

Below are examples of how you can Be Involved in a way that works for your business.

The battery icons above each example denote the approximate level of time involved  for each activity.

Low = Career Talks, Industry Insights, Recruitment/Careers Fairs

Medium= Mentoring, Activity Days, Work Experience,

Higher = Apprenticeships, Traineeships, Kickstart

Career talks

These can be pre-recorded videos or groups sessions that last no more than 30mins

Career talks

Career talks provide information on various occupations within an industry. They introduce others to the nature and scope of the work done and educate them on the skills necessary to perform certain job functions. Career Talks are also designed to excite and motivate people about the career options and opportunities available to them.

Industry Insight

These can either be in the form of a short video, or a leaflet and can be accessed by multiple audiences

Industry Insight

Provides someone with real life insights, straight from the mouths of professionals to give them an understanding and awareness of jobs in a specific sector to support career decision making.

Careers Fair/Recruitment days

These are normally one day events with multiple business/partners taking part

Recruitment days/careers fairs

An opportunity for you to promote your business and industry. Advertise roles you are recruiting to and interact with a diverse range of potential talent. These would normally be organised by a someone else and take place in a public venue but have recently become online virtual events

Mentoring

These can be as little as a one off session, or a series of sessions for a fixed amount of time.

Mentoring

Mentoring is a relationship between two people with the goal of professional and personal development. The “mentor” is usually an experienced individual who shares knowledge, experience, and advice with a less experienced person, or “mentee.” A mentoring partnership can be rewarding to both people.

Activity days

These would normal take place over one day, and may involve a number of staff from your organisation

Activity days

Allows someone either as a group or one to one to spend time with an employer, gaining first-hand experience  of what it is really like to work in your business or field. People are set mock tasks to complete that your staff would expect to do.  Feedback is giving to those taking part with an opportunity for questions and answers.

Work experience

This would normal last for one week or two, and a member of staff would be assigned to support them during this time

Work experience

Work experience is a temporary role, which allows people who are looking for employment in a specific field to gain practical experience, and find out what it’s really like. The type of work  will vary, depending on the individual workplace, although it will normally involve a large amount of observation or job ‘shadowing’, alongside assisting with day-to-day tasks and duties.

Apprenticeships

These must last for at least a year, but can be longer dependent on the level

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships https://workwiltshire.co.uk/information-for-employers/ are key to growing a skilled and competitive workforce that meets the needs of employers and drives business growth. They are real jobs with training, available in more than 170 industries and 1500 job roles.

Traineeships

These can last from 6 weeks up to 1 year, though most traineeships last for less than 6 months, but must include 70hrs in work experience

Traineeships

The purpose of traineeshipshttps https://workwiltshire.co.uk/apprenticeships/#traineeships  is to prepare young people for employment so that they can progress successfully to apprenticeships and other sustainable work.  A work experience placement with an external employer in the sector in which the young person is interested, is critical to making traineeships attractive and effective. The involvement of employers is crucial to the success of traineeships.

Kickstarts

These are funded paid roles of 25hrs a week for 6 months

Kickstarts

The Kickstart Scheme https://www.youthemployment.org.uk/ensuring-quality-kickstart-placements-kickstart-guide-for-employers/ provides funding to create new jobs for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment. These jobs need to be 25 hours per week for a total of 6 months. Employers of all sizes can apply for funding which covers  national minimum wage  employer national insurance contributions, and automatic enrolment.

Support Be Involved

When you sign up to Be Involved, a member of Wiltshire Council’s Employment and Skills service will contact you. We can discuss what your business may already be doing to support employment and skills, and how we can promote this, or support you in getting started.

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