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.
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.
Qualifications Information and Guidance
GCSE new grading scale: factsheet
Click here to find out about the new GCSE grading scale and what it means for you.
The factsheet 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.
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.
Free HR Support
Wiltshire Council is able to offer small and medium sized enterprise (SME) free online support to develop their HR capacity. A range of information and resources can be provided to support you across the full HR spectrum including recruitment, induction, training and upskilling, including apprentices but also retention of existing staff following best practice methods. To see how Wiltshire Council can support your business please click here
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Business support and advice
Business Wiltshire provides small business owners with practical help and support to ensure healthy business opportunities are created and sustained.
Businesses in Wiltshire can benefit from local support, advice and guidance on relocation, growth, and investment.
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;
Contact details for each centre can be found below:
Universal Credit Full Service
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.
- Universal Credit is a new 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 https://www.gov.uk/universal-credit
- 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
- Universal Credit:
- Aims to provide support to progress in work
- Mirrors the world of work
- Helps with childcare costs
- Stays with people as they move into work
- Makes work pay
- 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.
- Universal Credit is paid every calendar month (the assessment period).
- It uses PAYE in Real Time Information (RTI) thereby reducing the burden of reporting for employers. This system provides DWP with the information to adjust the amount of UC any employed claimant receives. UC payments automatically adjust each month based on the information employers report to HMRC, so it’s important that businesses report this information accurately and on time.
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.
- For the first time, Universal Credit gives Employers the opportunity to support claimants who are in work to progress because they can:
- Be 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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
•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: email@example.com t: 07747 476803