Staff

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.

Kickstart Scheme

Could your organisation benefit from hiring new talent, with financial support from the Government? West Cheshire & North Wales Chamber of Commerce can help businesses access the Kickstart scheme, 6-month work placements for young people aged 16-24.

This Government scheme will fund 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions.  In addition, businesses taking on a Kickstart candidate can apply for £1,500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training.

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; skillsandemployment@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk.  Alternatively, you can find a useful summary of support for people facing redundancy on the Gov.UK website.

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