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Recruitment, skills & redundancies

If you would like some help with taking on more staff, developing your employee's workforce capabilities or need to manage redundancies, there’s a lot of free support available.

Help with training your workforce

Skills Portal

Nottinghamshire County Council has brought together details of employment and skills support schemes and grant funding in one place making it easier for people to search for suitable support.

This portal offers help to both businesses and individuals - more on the Nottinghamshire County Council free Skills Portal.

Priority Skills for D2N2 SMEs

SMEs can access free bespoke, employer-led training, career coaching and advice to up-skill their employees in vocational and high-level technical skills.

Nottingham Trent Union is currently offering 3 fully-funded courses to employees from SMEs and one of these is a 3-day course focused on Practical Marketing Skills. This is a 4-day course accredited at level 3 to help increase peoples marketing skills to better promote their products and services.

Find out more on the Priority Skills for D2N2 SMEs website or contact them by:

Skills support for the workplace

This programme delivers skills training through a network of training providers managed by SERCO. Businesses can receive funded support for the development of skills that focus on the following sectors:

  • transport equipment manufacturing
  • low carbon
  • life sciences
  • transport and logistics
  • food and drink manufacturing
  • visitor economy
  • creative and digital industries
  • construction.

It’s free, there’s no cost to the employer and comes with full skills analysis so it’s tailored to suit each person, on or off site and staff will also gain a recognised accreditation.

You can find out more on the Skills Support for the Workplace website or contact them by:

Digital marketing

Free digital webinars are being offered by the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce, funded by D2N2.

They cover a range of digital topics and SMEs can book on these without being a chamber member. Topics include:

  • online marketing
  • websites
  • and more.

Find out more about Digital Marketing training options or contact the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce by:

Fully funded distance learning courses

A range of adult education courses are available cross a different sectors, these can offer an ideal training solution. At no cost to your organisation, staff can excel in their role with a nationally recognised qualification.

Find out more about fully funded distance learning courses.

Help with taking on more staffs

New traineeships

A new government scheme that provides work placements for 16- to 24-year-olds. It gives young people an opportunity to get some work experience in readiness for their first job after leaving school or college.

This package will provide £1,000 per employee receiving work experience. Employers must provide a minimum of 100 hours work experience to qualify, although this can be relaxed to between just 60-90 hours if it’s considered to be a high quality placement. 

Find out more about new traineeships

Kick-Start Scheme

A new £2bn fund that provides 6 months work placements for young people aged 16- to 24-years-old on Universal Credit who are at particular risk of long term unemployment.

This scheme gives employers 100% of the minimum wage for up to 25-hours a week. Employers NI contributions under auto-enrolment will be funded.

SMEs must offer 30 job placements and if they cannot they can join with other SMEs to put in a joint bid. This joint grouping is being supported by some providers such as the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce.

All jobs must provide training and not require any extensive training beforehand.

Find out more about the Kick-Start Scheme or contact them by:

Apprenticeships

Your business can receive £2,000 per apprentice hired under 25-years-old, and £1,500 for apprentices over 25-years-old, if you hire someone before 31 March, 2021.

Payments are made on top of the £1,000 paid to employers for apprentices aged 16- to 24-years-old and to those with an education, health and care plan. There are no employers NI contributions on apprenticeship schemes for salaries up to £43,000 a year.

We recommend West Notts College, they have a special business service called Vision Business that can provide apprentices to local businesses.

You can find out more about apprenticeships or contact West Notts College by: 

Driven: high skills graduates

SMEs eligible for the Driven programme can receive £1000 ESF funding to hire a University of Derby graduate for a minimum 400 hour period over 3 months, paid at a minimum of £9.34 an hour (£18,213 per annum pro-rata). No limits on multiple awards.

Included is help with recruitment including:

  • free advertising
  • job advert creation
  • job promotion
  • sifting
  • and interview support.

Find out more about Driven - High Skills Graduates or contact them by:

Undergraduates: short term placements and projects

SMEs can take on an undergraduate into their business which is generally at no cost to the employer. Nottingham Trent University have a range of opportunities for students to come in on short term projects from a number of hours, weeks, or up to a year-long placement in industry.

This can be to support with a specific project to help you in the business such as:

  • marketing
  • graphic design
  • websites
  • and more.

Find out more about undergraduates - short term placements and projects or contact them by:

Department for Work and Pensions - local employer engagement team

If you are looking to employ people then it’s useful to speak to the Department for Work and Pensions Job Centre, they can advise on any grants and assist you to advertise and find the right people to fill your vacancies.

You can contact them by:

Help with managing redundancies

D2N2 - the Local Enterprise Partnership

D2N2 are asking any businesses if they have already made employees redundant or are about to make up to five employees redundant, could they please refer those individuals for direct support to Futures, the National Careers Service provider for the East Midlands.

Find out more on the D2N2 the Local Enterprise Partnership website or you can contact them by:

Skills support for redundancy

This initiative is designed to support employers and individuals affected by redundancy. It is a tailored service and offers support with a dedicated Partnership Coordinator will work with all parties to identify the best sources of support to help to enable staffs to move into new jobs. 

Find out more about skills support for redundancy or you can contact them by:

Rapid Response Service

If you have to make redundancies, Job Centre Plus can give you and your employees support and advice through its Rapid Response Service.

You can find out more on the Rapid Response Service website or to find out how your business can use the Rapid Response Service contact them by: 

Your email should include:

  • your contact details
  • the town(s) your business is based in (including postcodes)
  • and the location(s) of the redundancies.

The Gov.UK website

Provides information and guidance about employing people:

The Business Support Helpline can also help provide guidance on this issue. Contact them by: 

  • telephone: 0300 456 3565

Universal Jobmatch

Free online system which matches candidates to jobs. Businesses can advertise jobs and search for jobseekers whose CVs match their needs.

Find out more on the JobMatch website.  

Small Business Recruitment Service

Government service which provides individual support for small businesses, including:

  • a helpline with specialist advisers who understand small businesses’ recruitment needs
  • help with the design and wording of job vacancies to ensure that businesses get the best person for the job
  • signposting to other types of support (eg ACAS for employment legislation issues)
  • a contact who can advise on the local labour market
  • an aftercare service to ensure business continue to get the service they need after they’ve recruited someone

Contact the service by:

  • telephone: 0845 601 2001 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm).

Employment Allowance

Small Business employers can get £4,000 by claiming this relief on National Insurance bills. Employment Allowance is for nearly all employers that pay Class 1 National Insurance contributions on their employees’ and directors’ earnings.

This includes businesses and charities. You can find out more on the Employment Allowance

Ways to contact business support

The best way to contact us is through our online form so we have the right information to help you as quickly as possible. Contact us by: