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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 Wiltshire and inspire a future workforce.

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Supporting young people to move back into education, employment or training.
We are committed to reducing the number of 16 & 17 year olds who are not in any form of education, employment or training (NEET). These young people may face multiple barriers to their participation and need a different type of support.

The EET service has two key priorities:

  • Signposting and advice for young people who are NEET to support them into jobs, further education, apprenticeships or other training
  • Tracking young people from the age of 16 years up to September after their 18th birthday as part of the September Guarantee, when all young people should have a suitable offer of education or training after they complete their GCSE year.

Through the raising the participation age (RPA) all young people must stay in education or training until they reach age 18. Many young people remain in education, but some take up other options, including:

  • Learning at work through an apprenticeship or traineeship
  • Staying in part-time education or training whilst employed, self-employed or volunteering for more than 20 hours per week.

Who do we support?

We can help young people from aged 16, after they leave school and up to September after their 18th birthday, who are not in any form of education or training and are unemployed. Schools, sixth forms and colleges offer information and guidance on young people’s options to ensure suitable progression is made after leaving school or finishing their studies.

For some young people who are NEET support is provided by other Local Authority Teams, specifically for young people with an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) supported by the SEND service and those working with the Youth Offending Team (YOT) or a Personal Adviser.

What do we provide?

One-to-one support for young people who need help to find the right opportunity for them. This can be face to face, by phone or online. This support includes:

  • Engaging a young person in understanding the provision available
  • Finding and applying for a suitable education or training course
  • Finding and applying for an apprenticeship
  • Job search and application help
  • CV and interview skills
  • Drop-ins and job clubs from our local towns
  • Support in transitioning to the new opportunity.

The benefits

We will help a young person to plan their next steps, prepare to get a job, or find and apply for the right apprenticeship, course and training.

  • Explore and make the most of your options
  • Able to make informed choices and decisions
  • Receive impartial support from a dedicated Education, Employment Adviser
  • Help in addressing any barriers
  • Get up to date information on apprenticeships, traineeships, and training opportunities.
    We promote and encourage young people into education, employment and training.

Contact us

If you know of a young person who needs our support, contact us:
Email: workwilts@wiltshire.gov.uk Direct Tel: 01225 756190
Visit the Work Wiltshire Website where you can register online for the service.

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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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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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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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The Swindon & Wiltshire Careers Hub is made up of 40 local schools and colleges working together with universities, training providers, employers and career professionals to improve careers education.

Through The Careers & Enterprise Company, the Swindon & Wiltshire Careers Hub, has access to support and funding to help local schools and colleges to meet the eight Gatsby Benchmarks of excellent careers education.

This includes:

  •  A ‘Hub Lead’ to help coordinate activity and build networks
  • Access to bursaries for individual schools and colleges to train ‘careers leaders
  • A Central Hub Fund to support this development
  • Access to funding for schools to support employer encounters
  • More information
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We have produced an informative set of Labour Market Intelligence documents to give residents a better understanding of their local 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: 19 June 2020 | Last reviewed: 19 June 2020