Staff and Skills

What will your business look like three years from now?  Do your existing staff have the right mix of skills to help your business flourish?  Do you have the right recruitment and workforce development strategy in place?

To develop and grow a business you need to:
Identify where your business is in terms of developing the skills of its staff
How do you want to grow the business?
How do you intend to do this?
Recognise the current skills in the workforce and identify any skills gaps/shortages that need to be addressed

If you find any of these questions hard to answer, you're not alone.  Ensuring you have the right staff with the right skills to meet current and future demand is a difficult act to balance - yet it can be critical to business growth. 

The information below can help you learn more about the support available to help you find the right staff.  

In this link you can learn more about the Cheshire & Warrington Pledge Partnership and the virtual careers expos they have been delivering; hear from local businesses and education partners.

Disability Confident and CIPD: employing people with a disability or health condition

A practical guide for line managers on recruiting, managing and developing people with a disability or health condition. The guidance is part of the Disability Confident campaign.


 Skills and Employment Programmes

There are a range of government programmes available for employers who are considering hiring employees or offering work experience and some of these offer financial incentives.  The information on helps employers understand the programmes available so they can decide which would be best suited to their business.

There is more information about the recently launched Kickstart Programme and local skills programmes in the pages below.


 Redundancy Support

We provide responsive and sensitive support at point of need to businesses facing issues related to redundancy or downsizing.

Our Redundancy Action Support Team (RAST) offers redundancy advice and guidance services to employers addressing redundancy issues in Cheshire West. The wider team comprises professional, private and public sector organisations, whose aim is to increase awareness of the advice available and broker the right support for your business. As part of our offer, we can provide personal support to your employees as required.

Our services are free and can be tailored to suit your needs.  If you would like to discuss your requirements in confidence, please contact Redundancy Support for Businesses by emailing;  Alternatively, you can find a useful summary of support for people facing redundancy on the Gov.UK website.


 Northern Employment Platform

Launched in response to COVID19 the Cheshire & Warrington Opportunities Employment website provides employment, apprenticeships and training courses opportunities, which are specifically designed to support people in the North who have lost their job as a result of the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The free-to-use platform will make it easier for those across the North, who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, to find new employment and training opportunities in their local area.  The website will be a comprehensive resource for accessing real-time vacancies, training courses, and apprenticeships across the region, as well as finding opportunities from throughout the UK.  Visit the Cheshire & Warrington LEP website for more information.

'Plan for Jobs' skills and employment programmes: information for employers 

A range of government programmes, some of which offer financial incentives, are available for employers who are considering hiring employees, offering work experience or upskilling existing staff.

Find out more about:

  • Apprenticeships 
  • Industry placements: T Levels 
  • Kickstart Scheme 
  • National Careers Service 
  • Sector-based work academy programme (SWAP) 
  • Traineeships 
  • Free level 3 qualifications for eligible adults 
  • Skills Bootcamps