Information for Employers

Information for Employers2021-01-22T13:56:13+00:00

Our team of dedicated Employment and Skills Officers are at hand to support your business to grow.

Key areas of assistance includes apprenticeship guidance and support; signposting to specialist support services including access to a variety of employer factsheets and resource toolkits.

Plan for Jobs
Apprenticeships and Traineeships
Qualifications Information and guides
List an opportunity
Supporting Schools
Higher Futures
Building Bridges
Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub
Financial Support
Rent a Meeting Room
Universal Credit
Employee Well Being
Covenants and Schemes
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Plan For Jobs

A range of government programmes, some of which offer financial incentives, are available for employers who are considering hiring employees or offering work experience.

This information is to help employers understand the programmes available so they can decide which would be best suited to their business.

Skills and Employment Programmes: Information for Employers


Apprenticeships 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. Through their apprenticeship, apprentices gain the technical knowledge, practical experience and wider skills they need for their immediate job and future career.


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Find out more about apprenticeships

Qualifications Information and Guidance

GCSE new grading scale

The GCSE_factsheet_for_employers_FE_and_HE_providers shows:

  • The new GCSE grading scale
  • standard and strong pass marks and what this means for students, schools, parents and employers
  • when the new grades will apply to different subjects.

Vocational and Technical Qualifications

Ofqual have produced an interactive graph to show: what qualifications are available sector areas, the awarding  organisation and the qualification title.

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T Levels are brand new, two-year courses designed with employers. As the next step after GCSEs, they combine classroom theory, practical learning and a three-month industry placement to give young people the technical skills, knowledge and experience needed to get a job in a skilled profession.

Further information for employers can be found on the T-Levels website

List an opportunity on Young Work Wiltshire

All jobs, learning, training, personal development, volunteering and re-engagement activities for young people aged 13-19 (up to 24 with learning difficulties and disabilities) can be listed on Young Work Wiltshire, which we will advertise in our weekly hot jobs and vacancy bulletin. You can:

Visiting a school

As an employer visiting a school or college can provide you with a valuable insight into your future workforce and attract young people to your business and industry in the future. Here we provide you with some practical, helpful advice on preparing for a presentation or workshop you are participating in.

Read our useful information about visiting a school.

Work Experience

Work experience is a valuable asset for any employer as it helps to create interest in your business and wider industry sector. Here you can find out about your responsibilities when accepting a work experience placement.

To find out more about  work experience

We act as a broker between employers and Schools in Wiltshire, if you would like to support a School please pledge to Be Involved – we can contact you with a list of Schools events which you can decide to support if you have the time or an employee would like a CPD opportunity.

Higher Futures

The Higher Futures skills development programme is delivered on behalf of the Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership (SWLEP) to meet the needs of employers and learners within the SWLEP area to upskill the current and future workforce to level 4 and beyond. Higher Futures offers employers impartial specialist support and advice to identify skills needs and gaps prior to engaging with universities, colleges and training providers to develop bespoke training solutions.

Find out more about Higher Futures

Building Bridges

The Building Bridges programme logo along with funding partners Big Lottery Community Fund and the European Social Fund

The Building Bridges programme is aimed at those furthest away from the employment market and provides a range of support mechanisms to address barriers faced by participants by increasing interpersonal skills and deliver employment related knowledge. Learn more about the project and see how your business could provide opportunities for participants in the below link.

Find out more about building bridges

Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub

Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub provide access to all available national and local business support, clarifying the best of government agency support and commercial expertise and advice delivered along with free, expert and impartial advice and direction to help you set up your business or expand into new markets.

Find out more about the Swindon and Wiltshire Growth hub

Financial support

Businesses in Wiltshire can benefit from local support, advice and guidance on relocation, growth, and investment.

Find out more about financial support

Rent Meeting Rooms

Wiltshire Council’s Community Campus and Hub Support Officers are pleased to share news on space for businesses, whether you are holding a meeting or running a workshop. The campuses and hubs across Wiltshire offer space at very competitive prices;

  • Corsham
  • Salisbury
  • Tisbury
  • Calne
  • Devizes

Contact details for each centre can be found below:

The Enterprise Network in Ludgershall, Royal Wootton Bassett, Salisbury, Tisbury and Trowbridge, have a number of meeting rooms and office spaces available for affordable rent as well as the Digital Mansion Corsham.

Wiltshire Music Centre offers meeting room space in Bradford on Avon. Contact directly for more information, prices and pictures

The Glove Factory at Holt has two meeting rooms – The Engine Room and The Loft. Bookable by the hour or the whole day

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Employers Introduction to Universal Credit

  • Universal Credit is one of the most fundamental reforms to the welfare system for more than 60 years
  • it is a key part of a package of welfare reforms supporting a more dynamic and flexible labour market – removing barriers to work, freeing people to get back into and progress in work.
  • the focus of Universal Credit is to make more work pay. It increases the financial benefits of work and provides businesses with a more flexible workforce.

The Basics

  • Universal Credit is a single monthly payment for people who are on a low income or out of work. It brings together a range of current benefits and tax credits. An overview can be found via
  • it opens up opportunities to work thus helping to ensure people are better off in work than on benefits. It replaces six existing benefits;
    • Working Tax Credit
    • Child Tax Credit
    • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
    • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
    • Income Support
    • Housing Benefit

Like most jobs, Universal Credit is paid in a single monthly amount direct into people’s bank accounts, giving them control over their own money and making the move into work easier.

Benefits for Employers

  • Unlike the old system of benefits, people on Universal Credit can work as many hours as they want and take on short contracts, helping to build up experience for a full time position, without having to worry about their claim
  • as people’s earnings increase, their Universal Credit payments reduce at a steady rate, so they can be sure they will be better off working and earning more
  • Jobcentre Plus work coaches will encourage claimants to discuss with their employers how they can increase their chances of earning more
  • with UC replacing Tax Credits employers are likely to have UC claimants in their workforce now or in the near future. Having access to a more flexible and responsive workforce can help businesses with the challenges of filling vacancies

Universal Credit gives Employers the opportunity to support claimants who are in work to progress:

  • Being flexible about their hours
  • take up the offer of overtime
  • increase to full-time hours.

In addition, working families can claim back up to 85% of their registered childcare costs each month under Universal Credit.

Find Out More

All information and support for Employers can be found via Employers Hub on GOV.UK

Answers to Questions employees and workers may have about Universal Credit can be found via Universal Credit: how it helps your employees and workers

For all local employer related matters, contact your local Jobcentre Plus:


Emma Lissenden, Employer Adviser


01249 425812


Geoff Mcentee, Employer Adviser


01722 315226


Sally Cook, Business Development Manager


01722 315288 / 07979 702346


Kerry Tighe, Employer Adviser


01380 304803


Maurice Menghini, Employer Adviser


01225 496339

Employee Well Being

The Public Health team at Wiltshire Council has developed a Mental Health Champions programme. Their offer to employers in the county is to provide them with the opportunity to nominate Mental Health Champions for their workplace.

They will provide:
• a FREE one day training course for volunteer Mental Health Champions to be held in various locations across Wiltshire
• a ‘toolkit’ to provide tips and resources which can be used back in their own workplaces to promote mental health awareness and improve emotional wellbeing
• ongoing support in the role of Mental Health Champion
• the opportunity to join a ‘virtual network’ of Mental Health Champions across Wiltshire

For further information and to express an interest please contact Karen Spence or 01225 713094

Become a Mindful Employer the service is completely voluntary and is about supporting employers to support mental wellbeing at work UK-wide & run by Workways, part of Devon Partnership NHS Trust. Being a Mindful Employers means;

  • Shows employees and others that you are a good employer
  • Expresses corporate social responsibility
  • Reduces staff and training costs
  • Helps towards complying with legislation (e.g. Equality Act &  HSE)
  • Reduces sickness absence
  • Enhances customer service
  • Improves productivity
  • Helps retain staff who have experienced discrimination in the past
  • Makes for a healthier workplace

Offered FREE through the National Careers Service and can be delivered in your workplace. The 2-hour session includes an introduction to resilience in the workplace, mindfulness, team dynamics and completion of emotional intelligence exercises.

Your staff will be helped to

  • Feel happy and productive at work
    •Develop self-awareness
    •Identify stress triggers and coping mechanisms
    •Build self resilience
    •Identify and utilise support
    •Progress in their careers

To book your free session or for more information: e: t: 07747 476803

The Disability Confident scheme supports employers to make the most of the talents disabled people can bring to your workplace.

To sign up to the scheme or for guidance on how to become disability confident please visit the Gov website.

Covenants and Schemes

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation that those who serve or have served, and their families, are treated fairly.
The covenant’s twin underlying principles are that members of the armed forces community should face no disadvantage compared to other citizens in the provision of public and commercial services; and that special consideration is appropriate in some cases, especially for those who have given the most such as the injured or the bereaved. As an employer you can sign the covenant to become a forces friendly employer.

Find more information here. 

The Care Leaver Covenant (CLC) is part of the government’s keep on caring strategy to support people leaving care to become independent.
It allows public, private and voluntary sector organisations to pledge support, including:
• apprenticeships
• work experience
• free or discounted goods and services
• All support given through CLC will help care leavers to make a transition to independence. This ranges from CV training to accommodation for care leavers in higher education.
Every care leaver has a personal adviser who can provide information on CLC offers.
CLC complements the offers that local authorities make to care leavers, Wiltshire Council care leaver promise can be found on Wiltshire Council website.

Find more information here.

Disability Confident is creating a movement of change, encouraging employers to think differently about disability and take action to improve how they recruit, retain and develop disabled employees.

By signing up to the scheme employers can access free resources:

Guidance and support on removing any barriers to employment (workplace adjustments, impairment-specific information)
Peer support groups on social media for Disability Confident members where you can ask questions and learn from other organisations
Information about potential funding through Access to Work and Jobcentre Plus Small Employer Offer
Best practice case studies and videos to learn from
Webinars and workshops on key topics like mental health and recruitment delivered by Disability Confident Leaders
An accreditation certificate and Disability Confident logo to use on your website and recruitment ads. This provides a signal that you recruit fairly and gives you the opportunity to promote your involvement via Public Relations and CSR initiatives.

Find more information here.