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
New GCSE grading scale
Free HR Support
Visiting a School
Work Experience
Higher Futures
Building Bridges
Swindon and Wiltshire Growth Hub
Business Support and Advice
Invest in Wiltshire
Financial Support
Mindful Employer
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Apprenticeships

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.

Find out more about apprenticeships

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

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

Find out more about our free HR support

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.

Find out more about visiting a School

Work experience

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.

Find out more about work experience

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 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

Business support and advice

Business Wiltshire provides small business owners with practical help and support to ensure healthy business opportunities are created and sustained.

Find out more about business support and advice

Invest in Wiltshire

Invest Wiltshire provides information and support for all inward investment and relocation enquires to the county.

Find out more about Invest in Wiltshire

Financial support

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

Find out more about financial support

Mindful Employer

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
Find out more about Mindful Employer