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Whether you are a business looking for help to find the right recruit or training for your staff, or an individual wanting to improve your skills to get you noticed by employers, there are a number of organisations who can help you.

For businesses

Training your employees

Local and national business groups provide a range of training and courses to local businesses. Get in touch with them as well as the Kent Business School at University of Kent which can talk to you about your training needs.

Apprenticeships

Numerous changes have taken place with regards apprenticeships, training and careers guidance for young people. Please visit the government's apprenticeships website for the latest information on funding and how to go about setting up the apprenticeships. At a basic level, if you are a small business (less than 50 employees) then you pay 5% of the training and assessment costs of those over 19 and nothing for those aged 16-18. You still need to pay the salary. West Kent College and Hadlow College both offer apprenticeship training. There are a number of other training agencies across the UK, use the government's apprenticeship training search tool for your role.

Support from Jobcentre Plus

Did you know that Jobcentre Plus can run bespoke recruitment support schemes for businesses? Even though the Job Centre is no longer in Royal Tunbridge Wells, their services are still available to businesses in the borough of Tunbridge Wells.

Supporting your recruitment needs across West Kent, Jobcentre Plus employer adviser Mark Lloyd has local expertise and will provide a tailored service to find the best people for your jobs. Mark will work with you to design a package of support which will create opportunities for people in your area and build your business. This could include: interview facilities, supporting recruitment days, pre-screening candidates, arranging a trial period to a job-seeker (incurring no wage costs) through a work trial. If you would like to know more about the support that they can offer contact mark.lloyd@dwp.gsi.gov.uk

Work experience

The British Youth Council has put together a best practice paper on managing work experience for businesses.  The toolkit provides an essential guide for small and medium sized businesses who are not familiar with the process.

For individuals

  • The National Careers Service is for all from the age of 13. CXK has a service in Kent for adults too.
  • Construction Skills Certification Schemes (CSCS) cards provide evidence of skills and competence for working on construction sites. They cost around £50 including some training and testing to be done for different sectors of the industry including a mandatory Health & Safety test.
  • Find out about apprenticeships in Kent.
  • A further range of advice and guidance, including information about JobCentre Plus is available on the government website.