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Recruitment and developing your workforce

Recruiting the right people with the right combination of skills and aptitude for the job is vital to the success of your business. The council’s Employment Leeds team has helped employers in Leeds to recruit hundreds of staff with a wide range of skills – from administration workers and computer software specialists for large firms such as Asda and Tesco, through to warehouse, kitchen and factory operatives for smaller businesses such as Perry Uniforms, Sovereign Air Movement and Exquisite Handmade Cakes.

Between April and September 2015, we have helped over 400 businesses in Leeds bring in skills, to connect with communities and inspire others; take a look at our latest service infographic in the documents section.

Recruitment made simple

Employment Leeds will give you all the help you need to recruit the right people for your business, whether you’re new to the city or a company that’s already based here.
Getting to know and understand your business is the first stage in the process. An individual account manager will be assigned to match your needs with their knowledge of local communities, funding streams and skills providers.

They will help develop job descriptions and employee specifications, draft recruitment adverts and advertise vacancies through our network of job shops. Your Employment Leeds adviser will also assist with screening candidates, shortlisting and interviews.

"It is a hassle free way of recruiting. I found the service easy to communicate with, and I received a good match of candidates" – Cairn Cross Civil Engineering Ltd.

"The service I received was very responsive and dealt with in a timely fashion. I was really impressed by the personal attention to the businesses needs and also the quality of candidate we were presented with" – Monster Pet Supplies.

"I had been struggling to recruit prior to being told about Employment Leeds. The response rate, quality of candidates and communication have all been excellent" – Temple Practice.

Developing your workforce
Whether you need to develop specialist skills or build management capacity and leadership, we can help identify the right training provider to equip your company with the skills you need to build your business.

We build long-term partnerships with businesses and, where necessary, can work with colleges and other providers to develop bespoke training programmes to meet a company’s specific requirements.

Funding to help develop workforce skills is also available through the LEP Skills Service, which offers grants of between £500 and £50,000 to cover up to 50% of the cost of business-related training.​

"Everything went smoothly from the moment we were contacted. We met and discussed in detail to what we wanted to take forward" – Harvey Nicholls. 

"I was very, very pleased with the level of service and would recommend this service to anyone" – Askham Bryan College.

"It was always easy to contact a member of the team. Queries were dealt with speedily and always professionally" – People Matters.

"It was a pleasure to work with the council's employment and skills team, and attend the sessions. They gave us access to a wide selection of local people who were keen to come and work at Asda and I am delighted at the way they have integrated into the existing team in the new store."  - Asda Beeston

Next generation skills
Investing in young people through apprenticeships is a great way to develop the skills your company needs for the future. More and more employers are realising the benefits that come from employing apprentices.

As well as giving young people an opportunity, the combination of on-the-job training and academic-based learning makes sure they are being equipped with the right skills to do the job from day one.

For more information and advice please use the contact us section on this page.

City Region Funding
The Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) skills service provides support to small and medium sized businesses. The LEP has already invested over £800,000 into helping businesses identify their skill needs based on their business growth objectives and finding the right training solution. Small and medium sized business based in the Leeds City Region that have a budget to put towards training could be eligible for funding of between £500 and £50,000. Find out more and apply, visit: www.the-lep.com/skillsservice .

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