Recruitment support for leaders and managers.

Aspire2lead

Run by The Opportunity Centre, the Aspire2lead project can help you to attract and build a more diverse workforce. The project aims to tackle gender inequalities within the workplace in order to develop stronger businesses across York and North Yorkshire.

It can help businesses who want to lead by example to adopt gender inclusive policies and procedures by offering support with:

  • Recruitment, retention, and progression of women
  • Flexible working practices including return to work arrangements
  • Gender pay gap analysis and tackling specific business challenges/barriers to reduce gender pay issues
  • Sponsorship Programmes linking senior male colleagues with junior female colleagues to champion their progression within the business
  • Tackling Gender Stereotypes to help increase the number of women within the workforce and in senior positions.

This Programme is part funded by the European Social Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

Business Scale Up Programme

The Business Scale Up Programme can help SMEs realise their growth ambitions by supporting leaders and managers with flexible, tailored training and coaching. The programme can also help to develop and embed systems and processes that will enhance your business’ ability to meet regulatory requirements around inclusive and supportive working environments. This includes support with, for example, addressing workplace bullying and harassment, diversity training and effective approaches to performance management.

40% funding is available towards a range of training and/or consultancy.

In order to be eligible for support through this Programme the business must:

  • have a business premises in the York, North Yorkshire, East Riding region (Craven, Harrogate, Hambleton, Richmondshire, Ryedale, Scarborough, Selby, York)
  • be a Small to Medium Enterprise (SME): employ fewer than 250 full time equivalent staff and have either a turnover of less than €50 million, or a balance sheet of less than €43 million

Access more information on their website.

This Programme is part funded by the European Social Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

Specialist Skills Support for the Workforce

Specialist Skills Support for the Workforce can support your business to address current and future shortfalls in skilled labour by signposting your business to expert training, coaching, consultancy and advice on recruitment, succession planning and future strategies for growth, particularly into new markets.

There is dedicated support for:

Succession planning and support for an ageing workforce

Specialist support for an Ageing Workforce can support your business to address current and future shortfalls in skilled labour due to an ageing workforce, including:

  • Creation of a business action plan to assist with retaining knowledge in the business and creating progression routes and talent mapping for the workforce.
  • Support to identify and train ‘mentors’ within your business to pass on vital knowledge and skills to younger employees

Develop your business through graduates

If you are a business who either already has graduate employees, or are in the process of identifying suitable graduate roles and recruitment, you can access help including:

  • Tailoring vacancies and delivering induction and development processes for your graduates.
  • Your graduates can access a network with others in SME businesses in the region, creating professional and social links.
  • Development days for graduates will support them to gain vital skills for the working world, as identified by businesses themselves; such as negotiation, conflict resolution and appropriate business communication.

Learn more about the value of graduate interns: https://www.york.ac.uk/business/cpd/specialist-skills-support/graduates/

This element of the programme is fully funded so free for North Yorkshire and East Riding based SMEs

Inclusive recruitment support

Our expert team of business engagement advisors and skills coaches are on hand to find the perfect support, including a wide range of training and workshops to help your business feel more confident around interviewing and hiring from disadvantaged groups. Support from our advisors will assist you to review your recruitment processes and implement positive adaptations to assist your recruitment.

This Programme is part funded by the European Social Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020

This Programme is part funded by the European Social Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

T Levels

T Levels have been designed to prepare students aged 16-18 with the technical skills your business needs now and in the future. They combine classroom studies with an industry placement. The benefits for your business include:

  • Cost effective channel for recruitment
  • Solution for entry level jobs
  • Develop young people into your industry/business
  • Provide extra help with on-site projects
  • Provide opportunities for existing staff to develop management and mentoring skills
  • Provide fresh ideas and new perspective

For more information visit the official gov.uk page or for further employer resources, visit the CIPD’s page on T Levels.

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For more information on these programmes, get in touch and we’ll connect you to the expertise and resources you need.

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