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We’re compiling information about help, support and advice available from regional partners, as well as information from Government and Local Authorities. Read more below about guidance from the Department for Education around Government-led programmes, information about regional partners and how they can help, and see information from Southend-on-Sea Council and the South East LEP for furloughed workers and those made redundant due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Education Landscape: A Guide for Employers

Helping your business navigate the education and skills landscape

A skilled workforce is at the heart of every successful business and attracting and developing the right workforce can be a challenge.

Getting involved with the education and skills system can be part of the solution, even for small businesses. Recruitment for example, becomes streamlined because you’ve engaged early with the next generation of talent. And your existing workforce can gain from flexible upskilling or reskilling options revealing new opportunities for your business to grow.  

That said, we know that education and skills in England has changed and can be complex to understand, which is where Education Landscape: A guide for Employers comes in.

Did you know:

  • Small and medium sized businesses make up 99% of registered businesses in the UK
  • 4 out of 5 have recruitment concerns, and more than half fear there is a lack of candidates with the right knowledge and skills

A national commitment to small business employers

We’re committed to helping small businesses find the education and skills landscape easier to navigate. That’s why we’re sharing Education Landscape: A Guide for Employers, which has been developed in partnership with organisations including the Federation of Small Businesses, CBI, British Chamber of Commerce, and IoD to help businesses across England. The Guide includes a clear, short overview of the education and landscape system, and concise information about the education and skills opportunities that businesses can engage with, and the benefits these offer. There are links to further information for the options you want to prioritise.

Download the Education Landscape: A Guide for Employers.

Support for Employers: The Skills Support for Redundancy (SSR) programme

European Social Fund programmes

Forklift and HIAB

Enable progression with our ITSSAR certified Forklift and HIAB pathway, designed to upgrade knowledge and skills within the industry

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HGV Category C + E

Enable progression with our HGV pathway. This package includes 4 practical driving lessons on a one to one basis, test lesson and test fee.

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Construction Plant

Enable progression with our ITSSAR or NPORS certified Construction Plant pathway, designed to upgrade knowledge and skills within the industry.

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Care Sector

Enable progression with our Care pathway; develop the skills of new members of staff through our online Care Certificate training course.

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Enable progression with our Streetworks pathway, this includes options for either Operative or Supervisor novice training. This pathway is delivered in line with the New Roads Streetworks Act and includes the cost of the SWQR Card and all assessments and registrations.

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HGV Category C

Enable progression with our HGV pathway. This package includes 4 practical driving lessons on a one to one basis, test lesson and test fee.

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Life Skills

Enable progression with our Life Skills pathway; develop the skills of new members of staff through our personal development workshops.

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‘Plan for Jobs’ skills and employment programmes: information for employers

A range of government programmes, some of which offer financial incentives, are available for employers who are considering hiring employees or offering work experience.

The Department for Education (DfE) has recently produced a useful overview of the current support available in areas such as apprenticeships, traineeships and employing young people. The below leaflet, available to download, outlines this support.

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Business in the Community connect responsible businesses across the UK, convening a unique network of purposeful leaders to share insight, expertise and create innovative programmes that deliver impact. Business in the Community is the oldest and largest business-led membership organisation dedicated to responsible business. We inspire, engage and challenge members and we mobilise that collective strength as a force for good in society to: Create a skilled, inclusive workforce today and for the future, Build thriving communities in which to live and work and Innovate to repair and sustain our planet. For more information, take a look here.

DNASix is an innovative digital skills and business communications e-learning and distance learning programme used to diagnose where the challenges and opportunities lie within organisations, before offering up a range of simple, cost effective solutions. The concept is based around six basic principles: Strategy, Culture, Content, Community, Advertising and Data which are then used as part of a training system which includes a series of educational videos, online ‘healthchecks’, useful downloads and a large number of easy-to-use self-help modules. For more information, visit their website.

The Essex & Hertfordshire Digital Innovation Zone (DIZ) has been created jointly by organisations from business, health, education, local authorities and the voluntary and community sector, each with a key role in making sure that our place, west Essex and eastern Hertfordshire, is ready to respond to the challenges and opportunities ahead. We want our place to be a beacon for the application of new technology, to use it to grow our economic prosperity and provide the best services to our local communities in the most efficient way. To get in touch, or for more information, take a look here.

Could you be a School Governor Champion? Supporting school governance is a great way for your organisation to do all this and more. Not only does encouraging your staff to serve as school governors provide a free workforce development opportunity, it also means that local schools benefit from the highly sought-after experience that volunteers with digital skills from outside education bring to the table.

To find out more about this FREE service, contact Lynn King, Head of Inspiring Governance Programmes Employer Engagement to discuss how you can get involved and make a difference.

KSS AHSN is one of the 15 AHSNs across England, established by NHS England in 2013 to improve health and generate economic growth by spreading innovation at pace and scale. We connect citizens, NHS and academic organisations, local authorities, the third sector and industry to facilitate change across whole health and social care economies. KSS AHSN covers the whole of Kent, Surrey and Sussex. Our impact comes from our ability to bring people, resources and organisations together, delivering benefits that could not be achieved alone. For more information take a look here.

Information for Furloughed Workers and those made redundant due to the COVID-19 pandemic

The South East LEP’s Skills team has worked with Southend on Sea Council to create a helpful guide designed to offer support and guidance to furloughed workers and those made redundant during the COVID-19 pandemic.​

It contains information on financial support, how to find new work and opportunities for volunteering, as well as support for mental health and wellbeing.

There is also information on where to learn new skills, including the Government’s Skills Toolkit and links to the South East LEP’s Digital Skills Partnership, which is compiling information from its partner network on digital skills training.

View the full leaflet to find out more