Skills support for business

Get in touch for fully funded support that connects small and medium-sized business owners with the region's top talent and provides access to subsidised training to upskill your staff. We’ll connect you to local schools, colleges and universities where you can access apprentices, graduates and interns that have been hand-picked to meet your business needs. Develop your talent pipeline by investing in staff and promoting and developing your team with our skills training courses to future-proof your business.

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Want to grow and diversify your workforce?

Our fully funded service is all about connecting small and medium-sized business owners to local schools, colleges and universities and skills training courses to upskill your staff. In doing so, we work with businesses to build talent pipelines, increase productivity and close skills gaps.

Interested? Get in touch today and let us help your business grow

If you would like to learn more about how your business could benefit from working with us, contact us today and arrange a call with your local Business Skills Adviser.

How could your business benefit from accessing our skills support?


1. To increase productivity and growth

By strengthening the connection between education and the specific needs of your business, you can take on a skilled workforce contributing to the expansion of your business.

2. To embrace diversity and inclusion

An opportunity to engage with young people from different backgrounds who may not have considered a job in your sector before.

3. To future-proof your workforce

Early engagement with young people can help increase awareness of your business and sector, helping you to attract future talent and develop a long-term talent pipeline.

4. To generate new business opportunities

Social responsibility and business engagement in local communities is viewed favourably by potential clients and can help you build stronger relationships and attract new suppliers, customers and clients.

5. To save money

Developing the young talent that you need to grow, rather than paying for expensive recruitment fees.

6. To future-proof your business

Upskilling staff to learn additional skills, perform their job better, increase their productivity and fill any skills gaps that the organisation may have. This may help to improve morale across your business.

We’ve worked with over 600 businesses like yours over the last year and helped them find candidates with the right skills and attributes.

What sort of activities and projects can your business become involved with?  

It depends on the nature of your business and exactly the sort of skills you are looking for, but it might be activities such as: 

  • Student placements and internships 
  • Curriculum planning and input 
  • Virtual work experience 
  • Careers fairs 
  • Guest speaking and lecturing 
  • Hiring an apprentice  
  • Hiring a graduate 
  • Workplace tours  

The process 

Here’s how it works and what you can expect. 

Step 1 - Registration of your interest using the above contact form

You’ll then be allocated to one of our Business Skills Advisers, who will be in touch to arrange a meeting with you.

Before your adviser meets you they will make sure they are fully informed about your business, your sector (and any issues it faces), and the relevant employment and skills support on a national and regional basis.

Step 2 - Diagnostic assessment 

This will be a one-hour meeting whereby you meet your Business Skills Adviser to discuss how we can help you.  

A diagnostic interview will determine your business needs, primary objectives and growth targets, giving your Business Skills Adviser everything they need to find solutions on your behalf.

Step 3 - Solutions, actions and recommendations

Your Business Skills Adviser will produce an Education Engagement Plan (EEP). This will identify the education provider(s) that can offer the specific skills, talent and potential your business needs, as well as referrals to the type of collaboration that best fits. 

Once you’ve agreed to the recommendations, it’s all systems go.

Step 4 - Project launch & delivery

Your Business Skills Adviser will broker your partnership with the education provider(s) of choice, making introductions and creating action plans and timescales. 

Throughout the duration of the partnership your Business Skills Adviser will stay in the loop, offering support wherever needed, monitoring progress and working with you to sustain relationships with education providers.