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Our Job Support Programme is here to help you find useful information and guidance.

The New Anglia Growth Hub’s advisers can offer a free, business and skills health check, looking at your staffing levels, skills requirements and any other needs . To book an appointment with one of our advisers, call 0300 333 6536 or email [email protected]

You can find more helpful advice and guidance on the New Anglia Growth Hub Skills Portal

You can find out more about options for 16+ and 18+, including apprenticeships, traineeships and T level industry placements.


Our Employment Opportunities website page lists vacancies in Norfolk and Suffolk, free of charge. To add your vacancies to our site, please email details to [email protected]

The JobCentre Plus Rapid Response Service can support people facing redundancy and looking for work

The Redundancy Support Service for Apprentices provides advice and guidance

The Engineering Success Talent Sharing Platform supports engineering and manufacturing firms to effectively ‘share’ their staff during quiet periods or to access niche expertise that may not be required on a permanent basis. If you think the platform might be able to support your business, please contact Linn Clabburn on [email protected] or Steve Scowen on [email protected]  

You can find national Government advice for recruiting and hiring staff here:

You can find national Government advice for redundancies and dismissals here:

You can find national Government advice for contracts and working hours here:


  • CIPD – supporting working carers

Supporting working carers: how employers and employees can benefit | Reports | CIPD

Supporting working carers: How employers and employees can benefit (

A guide to becoming a carer-friendly workplace (

CIPD is a professional body of experts who champion better work and working lives. These links details how the employer can support  employees with careering responsibilities. Contact: 020 8612 6200 Email: on-line form via the website


Apprenticeships are fantastic way to grow your own workforce. There are payments available for employers who hire new apprentices – £3000 for each new apprentice you hire from 1st April 2021 to 31st January 22. These payments will be in addition to the existing £1,000 payment the government offers those aged under 25 years of age. 

Find out more about the employer incentives available here

Find out more about Norfolk County Council’s Recruit, Retain, Reward programme and financial incentives for employers here

Apprenticeship Levy Transfer Programme

New Anglia LEP’s Apprenticeship Levy Transfer Programme uses the unspent levy share from larger businesses to help support the training needs of SMEs. If you are a small employer or have used all your levy and would like to employ an apprentice or up-skill current staff, the training costs of the apprenticeship can be covered through levy transfer. To discuss the Apprenticeship Levy Transfer scheme, email [email protected] or call 07901 207114


Kickstart Scheme
Why not give a young person the chance of a 6-month placement this Autumn under the Kickstart Scheme?  The Government will cover the cost of 25 hours each week at the National Minimum wage for those who are claiming Universal Credit and at risk of becoming long term unemployed. Your company will be helping to get our young people working and will benefit from their skills, energy and enthusiasm. To find out more email [email protected]

Enterprise Adviser Network
You can inspire young people and prepare them for the future of work. With your help, schools and colleges can give students the skills they need to succeed. Your first step is to volunteer to become an Enterprise Adviser.
The Enterprise Adviser Network (EAN) aims to increase employer engagement with schools and colleges in Norfolk and Suffolk. We want every student to have at least one positive industry experience every year they are at school. We match schools and colleges with business volunteers and careers programme providers to create powerful, lasting partnerships that inspire young people.
To find out more, visit

Industry Placements for T Level students
At the heart of each T Level, a 45-day industry placement will give you early access to the brightest talent entering your market. Industry placements are a great way to find solutions for entry-level skills shortages, develop future talent for your business and capitalise on new ideas and a fresh perspective. The industry placement hotline can match you with local schools and colleges who may have suitable students. Visit Call: 08000 150 600 (choose option 4) or email [email protected]

Sector Based Work Academies
A way to create a skilled work force for your business. The individual gets access to pre-employment training tailored to your business needs, a work experience placement and a guaranteed interview over a period of up to six weeks. This is a great way to help you meet your immediate and future recruitment needs. Find out more at

Work Place Experience
Interested in helping someone return to work? Why not think about offering an unpaid Work Experience placement? Not only will it give the person the chance to develop and grow it is also a fantastic way for you to identify possible candidates for any future vacancies.
E-mail [email protected] 01603 224197 or [email protected]

These work based placements can be offered when positions require a higher level of qualification than other forms of work experience. They are often associated with gaining experience for a professional career. This could enable you to source your future candidates to help your business grow. Find out more here

By taking a FREE profile page on icanbea… you can show young people in Norfolk and Suffolk what is it like to work in your industry and for your organisation. You can advertise your vacancies for FREE and post information about news and events. Icanbea… helps local young people to view their future career and gives them ideas through the ‘careers wizard’ of jobs that match their skills and interests. Get your page set up today and start sourcing your future workforce. Visit

Access to Work
A grant-based award for practical support to help someone do their job. This can help people stay in work if they are facing barriers because they have a long-term health condition or disability. Grants can be given to individuals to a maximum of £60,000. If you have an employee who may need support or  advice about staying in their job with a disability or long-term health condition, encourage them to find out more about Access to Work. Find out more at

A traineeship is a skills development programme that includes a work placement. It can last from 6 weeks up to 1 year, though most traineeships last for less than 6 months.
Offering a Traineeship would secure you up to £1000 of funding and would provide them with the experience they need to add to their CV and progress into a job. They will also participate in a training programme and might already be qualified at level 3 and below. Find out more at–2

Work trials

If you are not sure about if a candidate is suitable why not ‘try before you buy’ by offering a work trial to a candidate. If you have a specific vacancy that you are trying to fill, a work trial would be offered on a non-competitive basis – at the end of the trial if both parties are happy then the job is theirs. Find out more here

Disability Confident

As an employer you could make a real difference to disabled people by becoming an employer that embraces disability, and ensures individuals reach their full potential. This will help your workforce become engaged, loyal and more productive. Our Employer Advisors can speak to you further about how you can be recognised as a Disability Confident employer.

If you are interested in any of the above please visit: Support for employers – Norfolk County Council

Acas – Disability at Work 

Acas has launched a new advice hub to help disabled people understand their rights at work. The hub includes advice and guidance on: 

Reasonable adjustments

Supporting mental health at work

Disability discrimination 

Discrimination and the law

Improving equality, diversity and inclusion in your workplace

When an employer may make a decision based on disability 

Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)

For more information please click here 



If you are self-employed, the New Anglia Growth Hub can provide free support. Contact them on 0300 333 6536 or email [email protected]


Personal finance 

To find out about benefits and pensions for employers, visit or

For free financial advice, including support to manage debt, visit


Wellbeing for your staff

Find out more about local organisations providing workplace wellbeing support HERE

Acas Guidance: Hybrid Working 

Advice for employers on how to consider, discuss and introduce hybrid working. The guidance covers: 

  Considering hybrid working for your organisation 

Consulting and preparing to introduce hybrid working

Creating a hybrid working policy

Treating staff fairly in hybrid working

Supporting and managing staff in hybrid working

For more information please click here 

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