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Recruitment, training and apprentices

2. Recruitment support

Stockport has a strong, growing economy, and we are keen to ensure that as many of our employers and residents as possible are included in this growth.

To help with this we have a range of support services available to assist employers to recruit from our local labour market:

Pre-employment Training

Pre-employment training provides a great free opportunity for employers to support their recruitment to roles in which they have a number of recruitment opportunities that would be suitable for individuals currently unemployed. Pre-employment training is designed by a training provider with the employers to ensure the experience on the course is directly relevant to the roles being recruited to. Some examples of sectors where pre-employment training can be helpful include:

  • care
  • hospitality
  • catering
  • leisure
  • retail

Employment support programmes

The services below support individuals into employment. They also work with employers to target your recruitment needs and to help ensure your workforce reflects the demographic profile of your local customer base. The main support services with active employer engagement include:

Jobcentre Plus The main Government funded service providing universal services for jobseekers, also has a range of service which can help you as an employer. Services can include recruitment advice, support with advertising on Universal Jobmatch service and links to Work Clubs. For more information on how Jobcentre Plus could help your business visit GOV.UK.

Working Well A Greater Manchester wide support service, jointly funded by Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Greater Manchester, for a range of out-of-work residents facing barriers to employment. Within Stockport the programme is run by Ingeus, integrating their offer with a range of health, housing and other services. Ingeus have an active Employer Engagement programme and are keen to talk to you about how you can work together to support your recruitment, and understand opportunities for you to get involved in supporting their clients progression back towards employment.
For more information e-mail Kelly Swindlehurst (Team Manager) or telephone 07827236870.

Stockport Jobs Fair

Stockport Jobs Fair is an annual event offering Stockport based employers with live recruitment opportunities, an excellent opportunity to meet a wide range of jobseekers. In September 2017, over 700 jobseekers and 35 employers attended the event, which consistently has positive feedback from employers on the quality of the jobseekers attending. The event is free for employers to attend.

We are keen to discuss your local recruitment needs, and to help put you in contact with potential training providers. For a discussion regarding pre-employment training opportunities for your business or if you would like to register your interest in attending the September 2018 Jobs Fair at Stockport Town Hall, please email