Employment and Skills
Our Employment and Skills teams are here to help the residents of Wiltshire into employment, training, or education.
We support disadvantaged residents to improve their knowledge, skills and confidence. Our aim is to prevent 16 - 18 year olds becoming NEET (not in education, employment or training) and support them into EET (education, employment or training). We champion the creation of learning and employment opportunities for young people, and support people with learning difficulties and disabilities to live independent lives.
We work with businesses and educators, ensuring young people are inspired by the world of work, and can take advantage of the opportunities available to them.
Below is a list of the services we provide:
The EET service is here to support young people to move back into education, employment or training.
We are committed to reducing the number of 16 and 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
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.
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
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 by helping them:
- explore and make the most of their options
- make informed choices and decisions
- source impartial support from a dedicated Education, Employment Adviser
- address any barriers
- get up to date information on apprenticeships, traineeships, and training opportunities
We promote and encourage young people into education, employment and training.
The programme is delivered by a partnership of 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.
For more information, and to find out how to access this support visit Work Wiltshire: Building Bridges.
The Swindon & Wiltshire Careers Hub is made up of 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.
- 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
For more information about the Careers Hub visit: The Careers Hub (swlep.co.uk).
You can read more about our services 24/7 online and via Social Media.
Where can you follow us?
The Work Wiltshire website contains a huge amount of information around education, employment, skills and training . You can choose from sections: young work Wiltshire, jobs & careers, Post 16 provision parents' information, support into employment for those with barriers, financial support, local programmes and information for employers.
We are promoting the local offer across Wiltshire, within the Employment and Skills landscape, on Twitter: Work Wiltshire (@WorkWiltshire) and Instagram: Young Work Wiltshire @young_workwiltshire.
Family and Community Learning offers a broad range of learning opportunities intended to encourage adults to:
- return to learning
- further develop skills and qualifications
- enhance their lives and to make the most of opportunities
Find out what's on? How to enrol and hear/read inspiring case studies on Work Wiltshire: Family and Community Learning.