Workforce planning and recruitment

Training and development is vital to any company, whether you are just starting up or looking to expand there are opportunities for you and your staff.

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Investment in your workforce to ensure they maintain and grow their high-level of skill and efficiency is vital for business competitiveness, professional development and ultimately provides the foundation for growth.

Check out the following employment and skills support services:

National Careers Service

Provides information, advice and guidance on learning, training and work.

Dorset Careers Service

Provides information, advice and guidance on learning, training and work.

Skills Support for the Workforce

SSW provides recognised accredited qualifications and bespoke training courses to enhance employees’ skills, increase the competitiveness of businesses and boost the local economy.  


HMRC e-learning course for first-time employers.

HMRC website on tax for businesses and the self-employed.

HM Government 

Government website with information on employing staff for the first time.

Government website for Workplace Pensions.

Government website for employer registration.

Government website for employees who are disabled or have a physical or mental health condition.

Government website guiding employers through reasonable adjustments for disabled workers during the recruitment process.

Business environmental review 

This guide explains what an environmental review involves and the techniques businesses can use to assess their environmental impact.

Equality and Human Rights Commission 

This website provides more detail about employers’ obligations towards employees with disabilities.


HM Government

Government website on benefits to employers recruiting an apprentice.

National Apprenticeship Service 

Dorset Careers Service 

Information on apprenticeships available on the Skills and Learning Bournemouth Dorset and Poole website.

Support Schemes

National Coastal Tourism Academy 

This resource hub is designed to help create growth for coastal tourism businesses and seaside destinations, a one-stop shop for anyone working in the coastal visitor.


HIT works in partnership with hospitality sector employers to improve employees’ skills and increase their efficiency and performance.


Locomotivation is an established training provider delivering apprenticeships and other staff development opportunities across the service-based industries.

Green Labyrinth

Green Labyrinth delivers programmes to support employers and learners to undertake apprenticeships, professional diplomas, maths and English qualifications, vocational skills and short courses which help businesses and learners alike to address their skills and training needs. 

Paragon Skills

Paragon specialises in developing and training people, giving them practical skills to become productive employees.

Skills UK

Skills UK aims to help develop, implement and maintain career plans and providing information, advice and guidance, to achieve career and skills goals.

Local Support, Training and Events 


Serco has teamed up with Dorset LEP to provide fully funded training to Dorset businesses. The service is free of charge to businesses meeting the criteria.

Dorset and Somerset Training Providers Network

Dorset and Somerset Training Provider Network consists of fee-paying members who train organisations, colleges, employers and stakeholder bodies working in the post 16 education and training sector. 

Other useful links to courses and events 

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