Skills for Employment


Connect to bridge skills gaps

Connect is a new, virtual meeting-place where businesses and education providers can make contact and start to work together to improve the employability skills of young people. This will enable businesses to establish ‘pipelines’ for future recruitment.

Connect is a key part of Warwickshire County Council’s £2 million plus Skills for Employment programme to improve the employability skills and attributes of young people so businesses can recruit more readily to address skills gaps

New Employability Charter Launched

Businesses and education providers commit to this new charter to demonstrate their interest in developing the employability skills of young people. View the charter.

To commit to the charter please email us stating your organisation’s commitment and how the name of the organisation should appear on the charter. Personalised charters will then be e-mailed in digital format for organisations to download and print.

Commitment confirms the organisation will participate one or more of the employability activities listed in the charter document which is signed by the leader of Warwickshire County Council and can be downloaded by organisations for display or other purposes.

Charter commitments

The following businesses and education organisations have committed to the charter:


Skills Challenge grant opportunity 2017/18

The main objectives of the Skills for Employment programme are to help businesses recruit and to help young people become work-ready. To support these objectives, we are inviting Expressions of Interest from businesses or business representative bodies to seeking grant-funding of £20,000-£40,000 to address a proven skills shortage or gap.

More information and the Expression of Interest template:

Skills Challenge grant funding opportunity 2017 (PDF, 148.01 KB) Skills Challenge Expression of Interest Form (DOCX, 56.98 KB)

Offer work experience

Offering a one or two week placement to a 15-18 year old is a great way to develop a young person’s understanding of the workplace, and the skills and behaviours employers look for in their workforce. It also helps businesses develop relationships with local schools and colleges which can help with recruitment of school leavers. The Chartered Institute of Personnel Development provides a helpful guide for businesses on how to plan and manage good quality work experience for young people. If you’re interested in doing this, e-mail or call 01926 418027.

Partner a school or college

Businesses can work with one or more schools or colleges on a range of employability activity such as visits to the workplace, careers events, speakers in schools, mentoring pupils, teacher/worker job-shadowing, and developing teaching resources. We can put you in touch with the right people in schools and colleges in your area to help you explore how you could work together.

Skills for Employment updates – e-zine

The e-zine is published every few weeks to provide the latest news on the programme and opportunities to bid for funding. Subscribe to the e-zine.

Previous updates

Tourism and Hospitality world of work

Businesses in the Stratford and Warwick areas are offering work-tasters for students in years 10 to 12. See the menu of work-tasters World of Work Opportunities (PDF, 3.3 MB)