There is support available to help you develop the skills of your workforce.

Community learning and skills service

Our Community learning and skills service can you help you find opportunities for staff development that will make you stand out from other employers and increase productivity.

To find out more about the support and opportunities Community Learning and Skills Service (CLaSS) could offer your business contact the team on 01454 864613 or email

Future Bright

Our Future Bright project offers free, one-to-one career coaching and advice to help participants reach their career goals through emotional and practical help.

Employment support for young adults

Works4Youth supports Young People aged 16-25 who are not in employment or full-time education with setting goals, training and skills development, connection with local employers and finding work and/or apprenticeships.

Find guidance on recruitment and information on the schemes that could help you as an employer and information on the funding, support and free training available. Visit our information for employers page.


Apprenticeships are a great opportunity for both the apprentice and the employer. Hiring an apprentice can be a productive and effective way to grow talent and develop a skilled and motivated workforce.

You can employ apprentices at different levels, from school leavers and university graduates, to people who want to further their careers or change career direction completely.

GOV.UK has guidance on employing an apprentice including, the steps you will need to take and the funding available to help pay for apprenticeship training.

Visit the apprenticeships website to learn more about apprenticeships.

Thrive at work

The West of England Thrive at Work programme supports business leaders with the mental health and wellbeing of their workforce.

The programme aims to help create mentally healthy workplaces through supporting the region’s employers with information, tools and training.

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