Recruiting Staff

If you are a new, young business taking on staff for the first time it can be a daunting thought.

However, recruit and retain the right people and your employees will be your greatest asset.

Before you start any recruitment process, be clear on your objectives on having staff, if you only have a short-term need for staff rather consider sourcing a freelance or consultant, a temp will work even better but consider all your options before seeking the best solution for your business.  When you have chosen the best option ensure that you have a detailed job description and specification which will make the recruitment process flow smoother.   

As an existing business finding the best possible people who can fit within your culture and contribute to your organization is a challenge and an opportunity.  Keeping the best people, once you find them, is easy if you do the right things right.  

When thinking about recruiting consider the age and skill level of the person you are looking for and then where those potential recruits are most likely to be sourced.  It is worth considering:

  • Investing time in developing relationships with university placement offices, recruiters, and executive search firms.
  • Investing time with local secondary schools and colleges as many young people may be considering apprenticeships; developing relationships with schools is also a great way of increasing awareness of your business and sector to the workforce of tomorrow – be known as a great employer.
  • Developing your relationship with your local Cheshire West and Chester Council Work Zone.  There are Work Zones in Chester, Ellesmere Port, Northwich and Winsford and they can help you source recruits and fill your vacancies.  Visit our Work Zones page for more information on how Work Zones can support employers with local recruitment.
  • Contacting your local DWP office will be able to help you source recruits and you can post vacancies on the DWP Find a Job Site.
  • Enable current staff members to actively participate in industry professional associations and conferences where they are likely to meet  candidates you may successfully woo.
  • Watch the online job boards for potential candidates who may have CVs online even if they're not currently looking.
  • Use professional association websites and magazines to advertise for professional staff.
  • Use your own business website and social media channels to promote your opportunities.
  • Look for potential employees on LinkedIn and in other social media outlets.
  • Looking at in-house candidates first.  This can boost morale and make current staff feel their talents, capabilities and accomplishments  are appreciated.
  • Asking existing staff if they can recommend any good candidates from their contacts.

Access to Work factsheet for employers

Access to Work is a publicly funded employment support programme that aims to help more disabled people start or stay in work. It can provide practical and financial support for people who have a disability or long term physical or mental health condition. Support can be provided where someone needs help or adaptations beyond reasonable adjustments.

An Access to Work grant can pay for practical support to help your employee stay in work, or to support you if you are self-employed.

Learn more about the support available to help you hire disabled people with the skills you need in your business or support an employee.

Kickstart Scheme

This scheme will fund the direct creation of high-quality jobs for young people aged between 16-24, on Universal Credit and at the highest risk of long-term unemployment.  It will give them the chance to build their confidence and skills in the workplace and to gain experience that will improve their chances of progressing onto longer-term sustainable work.

The scheme will sit alongside the expanded Youth Offer delivered through DWP and complement other programmes such as traineeships and apprenticeships.

The Government will provide £2billion to create thousands of high-quality 6-month work placements through Kickstart.  Funding available for each job will cover 100% of the relevant national minimum wage for 25 hours a week, plus the associated employer National Insurance and pension contributions.  Employers will be able to top up that payment if they wish to do so. The National Minimum Wage is as follows;

  • £4.55 for under 18-year olds
  • £6.45 for 18 to 20-year olds 
  • £8.20 for 21 to 24-year olds

How to get involved

If you have 30 or more job placements available at your business, you can apply directly for funding though the scheme.

If you would like to support the scheme but can only offer one or two placements (or less than 30) you can work with a Gateway organisation, who can manage the process on your behalf.  Learn more about accessing funding for 29 or less placements

If you would like to become a Kickstart Gateway organisation, helping to co-ordinate placements across a number of businesses, learn more at

Find out who is acting as a Kickstart Gateway organisation in Cheshire West and Chester.

If you would like extra support either offering a placement or becoming a gateway organisation, please contact DWP direct.

Case Study – find out how Molinare TV and Film are planning to help young people get a foothold in the creative sector through Kickstart. 

Kickstart Scheme Employer Prospectus