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:


Through its new Skills for Employability programme, the council offers £3,000 match-funded grants to schools and colleges to develop the employability skills of young people and joint-working with business. Download the guidance and proposal form.

In May 2016 we introduced a new ‘Build a Business Network’ grant to enable schools to develop a network of local businesses to work with them to improve the employability skill s and provide work opportunities. Download the guidance and application form

In December 2016, grants worth £430,000 were awarded to 13 new business and education partnerships to address specific Skills issues. A summary of the grants can be found in the December edition of the Skills for Employment Update e-zine below.

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.

2017 Skills conference

Upskilling Our Young People – the return on investment

This conference for business and education leaders will take place on 13th March 2017 at Chesford Grange Hotel near Leamington. A new economic model will be unveiled for calculating the financial benefits – to employers, individuals and the economy – of improving the skills of young people. Delegates will be able to discuss the model with the University of Derby team who developed it. Young people will describe skills journeys they’ve taken in the past 18 months to gain employment or to get on the right track for a career that suits their skills, aptitudes and ambitions.
For more information call 01926-418027 or e-mail

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)