Recruitment, apprenticeships and training

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.

Advice

  • Form the Future  supports local businesses to develop and offer apprenticeships through the Greater Cambridge Apprenticeship ServiceThe service supports any type of apprenticeship but especially in the much sought after STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and maths.
  • The Government offers step by step advice and information to employers on taking on an apprentice. It has updated its apprenticeship guidance for employers interested in taking on an apprentice in response to the impact of coronavirus.
  • The Government's 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.
  • You can also find out about the financial support  that is available towards the costs of training and assessing your apprentice.

Apprenticeship Providers

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.

Advice

  • Form for the Future supports businesses to work with local schools and colleges to offer work experience and mentoring to school students.

Providers

  • 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.

In addition to the mainstream online jobs boards, agencies and local papers there are alternative ways of recruiting staff.

Advice

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.

Providers

  • Anglia Ruskin University’s Employment Bureau will help you recruit the university’s graduates. They have a free jobs listing service.
  • Cambridge University’s Careers Service offers a range of recruitment opportunities for businesses who want to attract their graduates.
  • Find a job allows you to advertise jobs and search for people whose CVs match your needs.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Youthoria is a website for young people in Cambridgeshire. Advertise jobs and apprenticeships for young people up to 19 years old by emailing Youthoria.

Skills Support for the Workforce

Fully funded bespoke training for employers and their employees is available to Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) across Greater Cambridge and Greater Peterborough.

The Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) programme run by Serco focuses on upskilling employees in the following key priority sectors:

  • Agriculture & Food
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Life Sciences
  • Logistics
  • IT and Digital
  • Health and Social Care
  • Construction

The training is flexible and businesses can select full qualifications or mix and match individual units that are directly relevant to their work. Training could cover subjects such as IT and digital skills, leadership and management or more vocationally relevant courses.

Previous SSW programme participants have benefited from increased employee confidence, motivation and productivity and improved employee loyalty and retention. Please contact Howard.Cordingley@serco.com for further details. 

Midlife MOT

The Midlife MOT is free online support to encourage people in their 40s, 50s and 60s to make more active planning in the key areas of work, wellbeing and money.

Set up by the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority, it is aimed at both employees and employers to help you make choices that will ensure the future retirement you want.

Skills support for redundancy

Employers and employees facing the prospect of redundancies can access training, retraining and careers guidance through the Skills Support for Redundancy programme.

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