Recruitment, apprenticeships and training
A range of support is available in South Cambridgeshire to help you find and recruit the right people with the desired skills and attributes required for your business needs.
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.
There are also a range of training schemes and courses to help existing employees develop existing or new skills.
Webinar: Demystifying apprenticeships for businesses
On 5 October we hosted a webinar where a panel of speakers explained how apprenticeships can benefit your business, improve recruitment and retention, what the apprenticeship levy is and how it works, and identify apprenticeship opportunities.
- Form the Future supports local businesses to develop and offer apprenticeships through the Greater Cambridge Apprenticeship Service. The service supports any type of apprenticeship but especially in the much sought after STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and maths.
Growth Works with Skills connects employers and learners with opportunities that enable growth. They offer advice and support on Apprenticeships including levy support, internships, work experience as well as advice on training in general and upskilling staff. They also offer recruitment support through their recruitment platform.
- The Government offers step-by-step advice and information to employers on taking on an apprentice, including the financial support that is available towards the costs of training and assessing your apprentice.
Work placements, internships and work experience
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 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 a wide range of skills. Business training includes: IT, logistics, accounting and finance, business and management, and catering and hospitality. There is also construction and engineering training including motor vehicle. Students learn skills such as: hairdressing, beauty and barbering. There are opportunities in: health, laboratories, safety and first aid, social care, and childcare.
- Anglia Ruskin University can help you find second/third year undergraduates in a number of business disciplines, as well as science and technology, for up to a year.
- Cambridge University’s Department of Engineering offers student placement opportunities to large and small businesses.
- The Career Transition Partnership (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.
In addition to the mainstream online jobs boards, agencies and local papers, there are alternative ways of recruiting staff.
- HM Revenue & Customs have videos, email alerts and free webinars for employers.
- Jobcentre Plus offers an extensive range of services to help you grow and develop your business.
- Anglia Ruskin University’s Employment Bureau will help you recruit the University’s graduates. They have a free jobs listing service.
- The University of Cambridge’s Careers Service offers a range of recruitment opportunities for businesses who want to attract their graduates.
- The Government's Find a job allows you to advertise jobs and search for people whose CVs match your needs.
- Richmond Fellowship support people recovering from mental health problems to find paid employment.
- RightJob is an online job-matching facility for businesses looking to employ ex-military personnel.
- Shaw Trust, a national charity, will help you recruit disabled and non-disabled individuals through their free service.
The Midlife MOT helps workers aged 45 to 55 take stock of their finances, skills and health, prepare for their retirement and build financial resilience. It also helps employers ensure they are age-friendly and providing dedicated support for older workers in their teams. It supports older workers to make secure plans for their later life and encourage them to stay in employment.