Investing in apprenticeships, work placements and work experience can be a fantastic way of finding the right people and developing the required skills for your business, as well as giving school and college students excellent future job opportunities.
Work placements, internships and work experience are a great way to find future employees, as they give you the opportunity to train and assess people over time.
Form for the Future supports businesses to work with local schools and colleges to offer work experience and mentoring to school students.
Cambridge Regional College students study: accounting and finance, business and management, catering and hospitality, construction, engineering (including motor vehicle), hairdressing, beauty and barbering, health, safety and first aid, health, social care and childcare, IT, laboratory and logistics.
Anglia Ruskin University can provide you with second/third year undergraduates in a number of business disciplines, as well as science and technology, for up to a year. They also run KEEP+, which allows SMEs to have a subsidised intern for 12 weeks.
Cambridge University’s Department of Engineering offers student placement opportunities to large and small businesses
CTP arranges work experience placements for people in the process of leaving the military. They are still serving whilst they are with you, therefore their wages are paid by the military.
Form for the Future supports local businesses to develop and offer apprenticeships.
The Government offers step by step advice and information to employers on taking on an apprentice.
You can also find out about the financial support that is available towards the costs of training and assessing your apprentice.
Cambridge Regional College has campuses in Cambridge and Huntingdon and offers apprenticeship training in a variety of sectors.
Anglia Ruskin University offers degree apprenticeships and is looking for businesses to partner with.
The Signpost2skills has a useful apprenticeship guide that includes a list of providers across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
In addition to the mainstream online jobs boards, agencies and local papers there are alternative ways of recruiting staff.
Jobcentre Plus’s Employer Services Line provides businesses with practical support and advice about recruiting. They can also talk to you about schemes such as Sector Based Work Academies which are designed to provide you with people trained to meet your specific needs. Call them on 0800 169 0178.
RightJob is an online job-matching facility for businesses looking to employ ex-military personnel.
Anglia Ruskin University’s Employment Bureau will help you recruit the university’s graduates. They have a free jobs listing service.
Richmond Fellowship support people recovering from mental health problems to find paid employment.
Universal Jobmatch allows you to advertise jobs and search for people whose CVs match your needs.
Shaw Trust, a national charity, will help you recruit disabled and non-disabled individuals through their free service.
Cambridge University’s Careers Service offers a range of recruitment opportunities for businesses who want to attract their graduates.
Realise Futures supports adults with disabilities and health conditions to gain and sustain paid employment of 16 hours or more. They also offer support to employers to recruit and retain the right people for their businesses.
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