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Has staff retention been a problem in January?
How to keep staff following the festive period.
University Level Learning in Wiltshire – An Evolution
The latest insight into the evolving Higher Education landscape across Swindon and Wiltshire and what is available to you as a business and as an indi...
The Apprenticeship Levy Across Swindon & Wiltshire – Beyond Year One
Looking at the impact of the Apprenticeship Levy in Swindon & Wiltshire.
New opportunities for architects to grow their own talent
Architects can now offer progression opportunities to their existing workforce or employ new recruits via degree apprenticeships with funding from the...
Higher Education Strategy
See the latest updates on the SWLEP Higher Education Strategy and access the downloads
Apprenticeships for Small Business
This guide provides an overview of apprenticeships for small business and describes the benefits to business and apprentices.


Traineeships in Swindon and Wiltshire


Information and guidance on Traineeships available through Work Wiltshire

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Work Wiltshire


Work Wiltshire website is a one stop shop for all; employers, parents/carers and young people. The website contains vital employment and skills information all in one place. You can find out about information for employers including: apprenticeships, free HR support, financial support as well as much more, such as support for those with barriers to work.

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The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development


The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is the professional body for those involved in personnel, training and development. Tel: (020) 8612 6200
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Training, development and business support


CITB Training, apprentices, grants and funding
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Labour Market Intelligence (LMI)


Work Wiltshire provides labour market intelligence linked to 6 priority sectors, to give users useful local employment information. It also provides links to the Government websites to give a national perspective.

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Redundancy payments helpline


Redundancy payments helpline Tel: 0330 331 0020
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Engineering Employers Federation (EEF), The Manufacturers' Organisation


A membership organisation the EEF is the representative voice of British manufacturing, both in the UK and Europe With free access to industry experts, in addition to bespoke business support and industry information. Their in-house team of policy experts produce highly respected research papers across all areas of manufacturing, from skills to economic growth. They also have a commercial business which offers tailored support services – HR and Legal, Health and Safety as well as skills training packages. We operate a state-of-the art Technology Training Centre in Aston, Birmingham which has been designed to provide hands-on training on the very latest equipment and machinery found in manufacturing and engineering environments. There, EEF offers manufacturing apprenticeships up to degree level, with a residential option so companies across the UK can benefit.
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Better Connected is a practical guide to utilities for home builders

Better Connected
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Marvel legends assemble to inspire next generation...
Marvel joins campaign to encourage young people from different backgrounds to consider a career in e...
Government announces new Code of Practice to tackl...
A package of 12 announcements has been launched today to tackle sexual harassment at work, including...
Largest upgrade in a generation to workplace right...
New legislation to upgrade workers’ rights introduced today - including a day one statement of right...
Blazing a Trail with National Apprenticeship Week ...
‘Blaze a Trail’ will be the theme for National Apprenticeship Week 2019 (NAW 2019), Apprenticeships ...
New entitlement to Parental Bereavement Leave and ...
A new workplace right to Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay for parents who lose a child under the a...
Community News
Cyber - a world of opportunity for ex-Forces
Corsham based Salute My Job supporting our military community with a series of Cyber Security course...


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The best Christmas activities for businesses
Although it may seem an age away, Christmas is fast approaching, and we are certainly well into the festive planning season.
SWLEP's Higher Futures launches Digisheds to tackle the digital skills gap
Higher Futures are delighted to announce the launch of Digisheds in Swindon this summer. Employers and potential learners are now invited to get invol...
Putting self-development at the top of your to-do list
With the dawn of new technology, you would expect to have more time on your hands but in reality many people are reporting feeling "time-starved". How...
Blog – Degree Apprenticeships – A New Route
Over the last few days the press has been full of news on tuition fees and the associated repayment. Whilst the combined impact of freezing fees and a...
Blog – Building Bridges In Work Support
Following on from our first blog describing the support given to individuals to help them address the challenges that may have impacted on their readi...
Is that just a rumble or are the wheels coming off?
Being too busy to plan, turning a blind eye to communication problems or not having the support of your team are serious risks. Here are some proven...
Think your business is too small to hire an apprentice? Think again!
Bristol-based Dial A Geek is one of a growing number of small businesses in the UK expanding their team through apprenticeships.
Wiltshire College - Courses for Businesses
Wiltshire College offer a wide variety of courses for your staff from management to health and safety.
Wiltshire College Apprenticeships
Wiltshire College offer apprenticeship provision in more than 30 areas across Wiltshire and neighbouring counties.
Dyslexia and design - Article from The Design Council
Is Dyslexia a weakness or a strength? Designers discuss how they feel dyslexia enables them to think differently
Essential Business Skills
Successful business leaders care for their people, providing opportunities to grow and develop. Successful business leaders need to know those skill s...
Higher Futures now offer free, short, online courses with leading Universities t...
Future learn offer free online courses on hundreds of different subjects! Join other learners online from around the world and meet educators from top...
Blog – your opportunity to help develop the hidden workforce
Building Bridges ~ your opportunity to help develop the hidden workforce
Blog – employers how are you supporting the parents in your workforce?
A recently released article by People Management reveals that 34% of working parents feel that balancing work with family life takes a toll on their m...
Blog – Apprentice Stories
During recent weeks the Routes to Employment team at Wiltshire Council have been out and about meeting young people from businesses across the county ...
Why Businesses use Coaching and Mentoring
The uses of coaching and mentoring to support business owners

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