If you’re concerned about future recruitment, want to raise awareness of your sector, or give something back – why not get involved at the grassroots, by utilising one of our excellent area skills offers that can help your business to thrive? 

This guide has all the information you need to solve typical business skills challenges by offering employer encounters, experience of the workplace, apprenticeships, work placements, or getting involved with the new T-level industry placements. Whether you are a busy small business with little time, or a larger company, there is something to fit your needs. 

”We want to show the wealth of career paths we have across third party logistics and build our talent pipeline, as well as supporting our local community! We are at the start of our T Level journey and offering a placement for Business and Administration T-Level students from January 2023. We have partnered with North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College to offer these placements and if successful, we can build on this as the T-Levels increase. We hope to be able to offer further options such as graduate placements, and apprenticeships.”

Nicola McCluskey, HR Business Partner www.bleckmann.com

What’s in it for employers?

Busy SME employers may feel they don’t have the time or resources to offer placements, work experience, or apprenticeships; or may wonder what benefit they would have for their business. 

This guide sets out the benefits for employers, including securing a talent pipeline to your business and ensuring your sector is considered by local young people and adults moving into the world of work.  

Useful contacts

Supporting schools through the experience of the workplace

Enterprise Adviser NetworkEAN@llep.org.uk. 

Leicestershire Education Business Company (LEBC):contactus@leics-ebc.org.uk. 

Research on young people and employers

Access Generation:  jemma.redden@accessgeneration.co.uk.

T Levels or working with local colleges

Leicester College: leicestercollege.ac.uk/employers/contact-us/. 

Loughborough College: wpadmin@loucoll.ac.uk. 

North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College: ip@nwslc.ac.uk. 

Stephenson College and Brooksby Melton College have now merged to form the SMB Group, contact: enquiries@smbgroup.ac.uk

T-level information: see T Levels 

Internships and working with local universities

De Montfort University: employerliaison@dmu.ac.uk 

Loughborough University: Employer.Services@lboro.ac.uk 

University of Leicester: employer.services@leicester.ac.uk 

Giving something back to the community

Leicestershire Cares: info@leicestershirecares.co.uk 

FREE Recruitment support

Leicester Employment Hubemploymenthub@leicester.gov.uk 

DWP schemes: www.gov.uk/jobcentre-plus-help-for-recruiters

FREE Business support

Business Gateway Growth Hub: growthhub@bizgateway.co.uk