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Key areas of assistance includes apprenticeship guidance and support; signposting to specialist support services and guiding you to understand how you can support your local community.

Employment and Skills Programmes
Recruitment Information
Support the Local Community
Business and Financial Support
Facing Redundancy 
Employee Well Being
Covenants
List an opportunity
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Employment and Skills Programmes

There are a range of government programmes for employers to get involved in and some of which offer financial incentives for doing so. These programmes are aimed at supporting people from all ages to get back into employment, improve their skills and leave education with the best chance of securing work.

The information below is to help employers decide which programmes may be best suited to their business.

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, ranging from Intermediate – Degree Level. Through their apprenticeship, apprentices gain the technical knowledge, practical experience and wider skills they need for their immediate job and future career.

Find out more about Apprenticeships

Traineeships are designed to help young people gain the skills and experience they need to get an apprenticeship or a job. They are available for 16 – 24 year olds through a work placement.

Find out more about Traineeships

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.

Industry placements give employers an early sight of the new talent coming into your industry. They can help you with recruitment, improve innovation, and increase your organisation’s productivity. They also have important social benefits.

Find out more about T-Levels

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create jobs for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit.

Find out more about Kickstart Scheme

The Building Bridges programme supports people across Swindon and Wiltshire who are facing significant challenges in being able to develop their skills, access education or move towards the world of work. Employers can support the programme by providing a work placement from 6 weeks – 6 months.

Find out more about Building Bridges

Recruitment Information

When recruiting a young person it is important to note that GCSE grading started to change in 2017. These are now assessed from 9 – U instead of A* – U.

Find more about GCSE grading

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

Find out more about Ofqual and view graph

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.

Find out more about Disability Confident Scheme

Disability Worker Rights – It is unlawful for employers to discriminate against anyone with a disability. Protection against disability discrimination can be found within The Equalities Act 2010 which covers the following areas:

  • application forms
  • interview arrangements
  • aptitude or proficiency tests
  • job offers
  • terms of employment, including pay
  • promotion, transfer and training opportunities
  • dismissal or redundancy
  • discipline and grievances.

This Equalities Act covers the Police, armed forces and people on practical work experience, whether paid or unpaid. However some volunteers are excluded from the protection provisions so please seek specialist advice. It also protects those who suffer discrimination because they associate with the disabled, e.g. their carers. This is known as associative discrimination.

www.gov.uk/guidance/equality-act-2010-guidance

www.gov.uk/rights-disabled-person/employment

www.acas.org.uk/disability-discrimination

There is also information for employers to help retain a current employee who is losing their sight, and help to employ someone who is blind or partially sighted.

www.rnib.org.uk/information-everyday-living/work-and-employment

  • A care leaver is a young person aged 16-25 years old who has been ‘looked after’ at some point since they were 14 years old, and were in care on or after their 16th birthday.
  • A young person who is not in Education, Employment or Training (NEET).

Providing an opportunity to this cohort can provide a life changing opportunity. If you would like to support either of these groups please visit our Be Involved page to pledge.

Supporting the Local Community

A directory of employers and businesses and organisations who have pledged to work together. Offering young people, disadvantaged and underrepresented groups inspiring experiences with employers that make a difference.  Developing an understanding of the skills and personal qualities that are important to industry and the economy.

Find out more about Be Involved 

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. If you would like to visit a School within Wiltshire contact us and we can help arrange this workwilts@wiltshire.gov.uk or visit Be Involved.

Find out more about visiting a School 

Work experience is a valuable asset for any employer as it helps to create interest in your business and wider industry sector. We can help arrange this email workwilts@wiltshire.gov.uk or visit Be Involved.

Find out more about work experience

Business and Financial support

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.

Find out more about Universal Credit 

A collaborative platform, the Growth Hub provides the business community with a connected network to share ideas and information amongst themselves. Through the Growth Hub you can also access direct support through a telephone helpline or, where appropriate, meet face-to-face with an impartial Business Adviser. A lot of the support offered is fully or partly funded.

Find out more about The Growth Hub

The Wiltshire Council website has a business support directory filtered by Large, Medium or Self Employed employer.

Find out more about business support via Wiltshire Council

Wiltshire Council have produced a range of documents and assets to help businesses reopening in 2021, including guides for restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaways reopening; personal care businesses, and guidance on outside hospitality areas.

Find out more here.

Acas gives employees and employers free, impartial advice on workplace rights, rules and best practice.

Find out more about ACAS.

Facing Redundancy

Wiltshire Council, Swindon Borough Council, and Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub have created three webinars to support those who are facing redundancy. These webinars can help you to support employees who are facing redundancy. Each webinar follows a specific theme with qualified professionals from local organisation  sharing advice and support that will help you navigate the journey back to employment.

Each webinar is FREE to watch and will include links to further advice and support.

Serco Skills Support for Redundancy – Individuals made redundant in the last 3 months, or who are facing the risk of redundancy can access training and careers guidance to support them back into employment.

Find out more about Serco.

Employee Well Being

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: moniquesmith@adviza.org.uk t: 07747 476803

Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more. The Every Mind Matters campaign have expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.

Find out more about the campaign. 

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 out more about the covenant.

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 out more about the covenant.

Youth Employment UK works with employers and organisations of all sizes and sectors who are committed to helping young people fulfil their potential.

Find out more about the charter.

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.