Support guide

Recruiting the right people

There are many ways to find the right staff for your business. Consider what your business requires and which approach is best for you.
  • Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes, designed around the needs of business.  They are available at four levels, from Intermediate (NVQ Level 2 or equivalent) right through to Degree Apprenticeships (Level 6/7) and take between one and four years to complete.  Further information is available here Hire an apprentice (
  • Read the step by step guide on Berkshire Opportunities on how to hire an apprentice.
  • A recruitment agency may help with selecting the right people.  The agency will have understanding of the recruitment market, access to potential candidates, experience of the process and reduces the time of hire and risk of a bad hire.
  • Talk to the local college network who support apprenticeship programmes and other vocational training including BCABracknell & Wokingham CollegeNewbury CollegeReading CollegeWest Berkshire Training ConsortiumWindsor Forest Colleges Group and Activate Enterprise.
  • Host a T Level student on industry placement. Not only do T Levels help employers find their future workforce, but successful students can progress onto higher level training programmes such as degree apprenticeships. You can help T Level students gain real insight into the careers available in your sector by hosting an industry placement. You’ll also be able to access an employer fund to help with legitimate costs for placements hosted before 31 March 2024. Find out more here.

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