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Employment and Skills

We support the development of a diverse, highly skilled and competitive workforce in the county that meets the needs of employers both now and in the future. We have teams focusing on supporting the development of skills for young people and routes to employment through working with local schools, businesses and those with barriers to work.

Below is a list of the services we provide:

The Work Wiltshire website is a one stop shop for education, employment and skills information. You can choose from sections: young people’s next steps, jobs & careers, apprenticeships, parents’ information, further & higher education, support for those with barriers to work, financial support, local programmes, support for schools and information for employers.

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Be Involved is an initiative that enables employers to support the employability of our young people and the future workforce. Being part of Be Involved means your business can support the residents of Swindon and Wiltshire and inspire a future workforce, as well as assisting local projects such as the Enterprise Adviser Network and Building Bridges.

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The Swindon and Wiltshire Enterprise Adviser Network strengthens links between local employers and the schools/colleges in the Swindon & Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership area so that together they can inspire and prepare young people for the fast-changing world of work.

Volunteer Enterprise Advisers, drawn from businesses across Swindon & Wiltshire, are working with school/college senior leadership and careers teams to help create or enhance employer engagement strategies for careers and enterprise and to help raise the aspirations of our young people.

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Building Bridges supports people across Swindon and Wiltshire who are facing significant challenges to develop their skills, access education or move towards the world of work. It is aimed at those who are unemployed, economically inactive and those facing multiple, complex challenges and barriers that could affect employability.

The programme is delivered by a partnership of 40 local organisations, who are experts at supporting those furthest from employment and will help them to gain the skills and confidence they need to move forward. 

Our employment support officers will work with participants to form an action plan to help them to move forward. Support is tailored to each participant, and so ranges from person to person but could include CV writing, job searching, mock interviews, and/or support to find a volunteering or placement opportunity.

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Higher Futures is a free and impartial skills service. We work with any size business to identify your existing and future workforce needs. We can advise on apprenticeships at all levels, training, resourcing your team and can signpost to a range of other skills programmes which employers can tap into to help build their talent pipelines. You choose the type and amount of support you require and we do the rest!

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We can support local employers in Wiltshire to find out more about the process of employing an apprentice. Whether you have recruited before and would like information on the Apprenticeship Levy or are new to the process, our Employment and Skills Officers can help you.

Support is offered in the following ways:

  • How an apprenticeship works and how it can fit into your business
  • An overview of the funding and courses available
  • Help to advertise your vacancy on our website and social media channels
If you would like support or to find out more information 
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We support outcomes for young people through our Employment & Skills Officers who keep up to date on the post 16 opportunities available through local training providers, ESF programmes, social enterprise initiatives, apprenticeships, volunteering, traineeships and internships. Communicating what is on offer through our Work Wiltshire website and advising on provision for those who are at risk of not participating in education, employment or training.  In addition to more targeted support for Looked After Children and Care Leavers through local and more tailored provision aimed to inspire and support successful transitions into adulthood.

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We provide generalist recruitment support and guidance for those small business with no or limited HR expertise on how to effectively recruit new staff, including advice on creating job descriptions, advertising jobs and the recruitment process before and after appointment. We supply HR templates to help along the way as well as information on courses and guides for managers to upskill themselves.

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We have produced an informative set of Labour Market Intelligence documents to give residents a better understanding of the Labour Market around them; showing what sort of jobs are available in their community, a selection of businesses on their doorstep, types of apprenticeships and much more.

There is also a selection of information booklets based on industry sectors across Wiltshire and Swindon, which explain projected growth, skills shortages/demands, recruitment, example positions and salaries, related courses, apprenticeships and skills by sector.

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The Education, Employment and Skills Board brings together the council and key partners working on the employment and skills agenda. The board takes a strategic view of current progress and future developments, supported by task and finish groups to address live issues where appropriate.

The board’s objectives are:

  • To disseminate information, facilitate networking and encourage collaboration between interested parties to enable them to work more effectively and successfully maximise the use of resources in the county 
  • To influence other groups to get them to understand the importance of the employment and skills agenda in Wiltshire and as a result bring more resources into the county for the right activities 
  • To monitor the impact of the above activities in terms of how many people have benefitted from apprenticeships, training and so forth

Additionally, the board has a data dashboard containing education, employment and skills key performance indicators, which shows how Wiltshire are performing compared to its statistical neighbours, which are updated quarterly.

If you are interested in being part of this board, please email workwilts@wiltshire.gov.uk for more information.

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Last updated: 29 October 2018 | Last reviewed: 29 October 2018