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.
Here 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.
The Cheshire & Warrington LSIP (Local Skills Improvement Plan) is a one-stop shop for employers looking for easily accessible information on skills training, funding and support in our area.
The Council's Work Zones can work with employers to source potential employees. Visit the Cheshire West and Chester Council website to learn more.
Employers who are looking to recruit can complete the online employer form and these vacancies are then shared across the work zones to try and match with customers they are supporting.
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.
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 Gov.UK helps employers understand the programmes available so they can decide which would be best suited to their business.
There is more information about local skills programmes in the pages below.
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; firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you can find a useful summary of support for people facing redundancy on the Gov.UK website.
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.
Gen Z (born 1995 and after) have more university degrees and certifications than any previous generation when entering the workforce. They’re the first wave of employees to be fully digitally native. They exhibit a higher degree of social consciousness and environmental awareness compared to preceding generations and demonstrate a
willingness to engage in open conversations about mental health and political issues.
On average, six in ten Gen Z employees reportedly expect their employers to adopt publicly stated stances on social and environmental issues.
Managing staff and their wellbeing
Staff are key to the success of any business.
Businesses need to ensure that staff have the right values, training, and skills to deliver what the business needs to succeed.
West Cheshire Local Living Wage
West Cheshire Local Living Wage
Paying the Local Living Wage is voluntary. It is a statement that you back west Cheshire and want its people and its economy to thrive.
Visit the Cheshire West and Chester Council website to find out more.
Help and support for older workers
We’re living longer, healthier lives and have the opportunity to think differently about working as we get older.
Recent years have seen more older people in employment than ever before, but many people over 50 are at risk of leaving the workforce early, and not necessarily because they want to.
Visit the Gov.uk for more information and guidance.