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Looking for recruitment or training support? Find expert advice on recruiting staff, including apprentices, graduates and people with disabilities, plus upskilling your staff.

Whether you're looking for advice on recruitment, apprenticeships or training your employees, the following information offers local help and support to make it easier to find the right people and provide the right training for you and your company.

COVID-19 business support: for help and support for businesses affected by coronavirus visit Preston City Council - business support COVID-19.

Kickstart Scheme

The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to create new job placements for 16 to 24 year olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long term unemployment. Employers of all sizes can apply for funding which covers:

  • 100% of the National Minimum Wage (or the National Living Wage depending on the age of the participant) for 25 hours per week for a total of 6 months
  • associated employer National Insurance contributions
  • employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

Employers can spread the start date of the job placements up until the end of December 2021.

For more information visit GOV.UK - Kickstart Scheme.

Lancashire Skills and Employment Hub

Lancashire Skills and Employment Hub offer skills and employment support including help upskilling your staff, free training needs analysis, subsidised/funded training, recruitment support to help you find the right people and comprehensive advice around taking on and developing apprentices.

They have also produced the Icon for pdf Lancashire Employer Guide to Skills Support (LEGS) [336.32KB]. This is a useful reference guide to the funded skills support projects available, so you can decide which projects are best suited to your business.   

Recruiting and employing graduates            

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has a free to use jobs portal to recruit students on a placement, graduate role or part time casual jobs basis. They also provide an online e-portfolio system 'Spark of Talent', which showcases some of the Universities freshest and most creative talent.

For details visit UCLan - companies

Recruiting and employing people with disabilities

Lancashire County Council employment support services offer extensive advice for employing people with disabilities, including matching the right person to your vacancy, developing a unique support and advice package and providing training on a range of disability related topics.

For details visit Lancashire County Council - help recruiting and employing disabled people.

Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are suitable for anyone over 16 and provide a valuable pathway to develop the right staff, your way. Whether you are recruiting new talent into the business or developing existing staff, apprenticeships enable you to grow your own talent, reduce staff turnover and give your business the skills it needs to succeed.

To find out how apprenticeships could work for you visit GOV.UK - employing an apprentice.

Local apprentice support

The Lancashire Work-Based Learning Executive Forum provides useful guidance on apprenticeships, funding, details of training providers and other work-based training opportunities.

Preston's College - employers can support businesses with training, business courses and apprenticeships.

The University of Central Lancashire - degree apprenticeships can help you develop your workforce including a new range of Degree Apprenticeships.

Lancashire Skills and Employment Hub - employers apprenticeship toolkit provides an Employers' Apprenticeship Toolkit to help local businesses get to grips with the issues surrounding taking on and developing apprentices.

Training and skills

Training and upskilling your workforce is important for keeping skills fresh and up to date with the latest technologies and ways of working. It can also raise retention, boost morale and improve performance amongst staff.

Local training and skills support

Lancashire Skills and Employment Hub - train an apprentice offers advice on skilling up your teams through apprenticeship funding which can be used for any age group to create the workforce you need.

Lancashire Skills and Employment Hub - skills support for the workplace offers fully funded flexible training for you and your staff, including analysis of current skills gaps in your business and bespoke learning plans, plus a variety of programmes covering many sectors from retail to advanced manufacturing.

The Growth Company - redundancy support provides a fully funded tailored service for employers and can support employees at risk of redundancy or who have recently been made redundant (within the last 3 months) with areas such as employability, CV developing, IT and interview skills.

UCLan - Upskilling Lancashire offers support for you and your staff to increase skills by identifying, designing and implementing tailored training programmes linked to the strategic needs of your business. The project will prepare the business to engage in the provision of a range of apprenticeships for current and future employees.

EnginE provides dedicated support to advanced engineering and manufacturing SMEs, through free skills planning expertise, taster sessions, masterclasses and skills champions, so that you can see the impact skills can have in future proofing the success and productivity of your business.

Lancashire Digital Skills Partnership offers a range of free online digital skills training on its website including iDEA - The Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award - an international programme that helps you develop digital, enterprise and employability skills for free.

Skills for Work - Preston - Lancashire Skills and Employment Hub have brought together information about support that can help you get a job and if you are employed there is help for you to learn new skills.

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