The West of England Growth Hub provides 360-degree business support for SMEs.

We offer the same level of free, impartial support to businesses from all sectors. 


Below we've outlined the staff and workforce skills and development training, programmes and services on offer so your business can stay ahead of the game. Request a call-back today.


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Workforce for the Future

Use the expertise of our partners to develop a tailored workforce strategy to future-proof your business. We'll help you map your employees' current skillsets, and show you other skills and areas your workforce needs to be fluent in. Our key partners will support you to define and implement skills development plans for your employees and we'll also help you bring in apprenticeships or work placements to drive your business forwards.

What will I get?

  1. Workforce development planning
  2. Access to training and skills development
  3. Recruitment resources and access to talent
  4. Talent retention strategy 
  5. Education and skills programmes

Download our brochure for more information.

Thrive at Work West of England

Our Thrive at Work programme has been designed to support business leaders with the mental health and wellbeing of their workforce. With Covid and national restrictions in place, supporting the mental health of your staff is more prevalent that ever. 

We give you guidance on implementing the Mental Health at Work Commitment and Mental Health Work Standards. There's also free e-Learning for your line managers to support their direct reports.  

Kickstart Scheme

The government's Kickstart Scheme provides funding to cover 100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week, plus associated employer National Insurance contributions and employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions for Kickstart placements. There is also £1,500 per job placement available for setup costs, support and training. 

The scheme is helping to put young people who have been some of the hardest hit by the economic impact of the pandemic on the first rung of their career ladder. The start dates for these jobs vary but will all begin this year. The government will make it even simpler for employers of all sizes to benefit from joining the scheme by removing the limit requiring they create a minimum of 30 vacancies to apply directly.

You can now apply for a Kickstart Scheme grant by either: 

  • Applying online yourself. 
  • Getting help from a Kickstart gateway who is already working with the Kickstart Scheme. 
  • Employers can spread the start date of the job placements up until the end of December 2021. 
  • If you need help with the Kickstart Scheme process, contact your local Kickstart Scheme contacts

You can also find out about the terms and conditions for employers which are in effect now.

Employability and skills portal

Across the West of England, we’re working with partners to ensure that all our residents have the opportunity to get the skills and training they need to succeed, and to secure the jobs that are being created here.

This portal lists the support services and training available in the West of England, to help you to find the right support – whether you’re joining the workforce for the first time, looking for a new job opportunity or planning how to progress at work.

Click through to download our guides that bring together the local, regional and national skills, training and employment services available to residents and businesses in the West of England.