Skills & Talent Support

We provide you with a single point of contact to access skills support and training for your organisation. This includes tailoring support to meet your sector and specific needs, as well as supporting you with all your recruitment needs. We work with key partners and have links to education, training institutions and organisations to support you develop your staff, access apprentices and funding to support your business with a fully skilled workforce.

Employing people


Practical advice, support and guidance to support you employ new staff or train your existing workforce.

Find a job service

Free online service for employers to post jobs to ensure a list of suitable jobseekers, automatically matched by CV and skills.

Acas’s Recruitment

Guide Acas provides a series of step-by-step guides to recruiting staff.

UK Visa sponsorship for employers

The UK continues to welcome top global talent to work for British businesses, with sponsored visa applications for skilled workers up 16%. Find out more about what fields of work are covered.

Developing your staff

Helping your existing staff to develop their skills can bring a number of benefits to your organisation. This can include; realising new capabilities, innovation opportunities, skills levels increasing, growth of staff motivation and loyalty, increase in productivity and improvements to your profit margins.


Apprenticeships can provide an effective way for you to develop and fill skills gaps relevant to your organisations, improve productivity, boost employee motivation by investing in staff development, as well as improve overall staff retention.

Apprenticeships can also be a great way to bring new talent into your organisation and support staff of all ages and levels to progress in their career paths. Apprenticeships are available from level 2 to level 7 (equivalent to a degree), to support you develop your staff.


Practical advice, support and guidance to support you employ new staff or train your existing workforce.

National Apprenticeship Service

The National Apprenticeship Service is responsible for apprenticeships and traineeships in England.

Apprenticeship Support Toolkit

Herts Opportunities Portal (HOP) has devised an Apprenticeship Portal toolkit to support you on the various stages of your apprenticeship journey. Access support to recognise skills gaps, identify specific apprenticeships, access funding, research training providers, recruit fresh new talent to your business and tailor an apprenticeship programme for you.

Apprentices who joined your organisation from 1 April 2021

You will receive £3,000 for new apprentices of any age who have an employment start date of 1 April 2021 to 30 September 2021. They must have an apprenticeship start date of 1 April 2021 to 30 November 2021.

North Hertfordshire College

North Hertfordshire College offers a broad range of Apprenticeships and courses for adult learners to develop and build on skills to support employment opportunities. This includes developing professional skills and retraining for entry into teaching and science related careers.

National Careers Service

National Careers Service provide independent information, advice and guidance to support you make effective decisions to support learning and training needs.

Peer Networks Programme

The Peer Networks Programme delivered by Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce is a nationwide programme providing support to local businesses. The programme aims to support you work collaboratively to support solutions for your business, providing you with a trusted support network to help build and strengthen your business and improve overall performance. The Programme will also enhance your leadership capabilities, knowledge and confidence as an entrepreneur or business owner.

Recruitment support

We work alongside a number of stakeholders and organisations to support all your recruitment needs

Stevenage Jobcentre Plus

Telephone: 0845 604 3719

Recruitment agencies

Lawrence Dean Recruitment

Jark Recruitment

Essential Results Limited

Tate Recruitment

Supporting a Future workforce

Careers & Enterprise Company

The Careers Enterprise Programme prepares and inspires young people for the future world of work, by giving young people all the support, advice, information and guidance so they are equipped to make decisions about future education and employment choices. In Hertfordshire, the programme is run by Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

Generation Stevenage

A model for the future, showcasing Stevenage’s world class employers including MBDA, GSK, Airbus, NHS, Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult and Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst career opportunities to young people across science, technology, engineering, maths and healthcare to support tomorrow’s skilled workforce.


STEMPOINT East aim to inspire young people in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths and the careers and opportunities that await them.

The Construction Hub

The Construction Hub will help transform the region’s economy by providing the construction industry with the skills they need now and in the future.

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