Recruiting and training

There are programmes and sources of support to assist in hiring new staff or training existing employees.

Derbyshire, Derby, Nottinghamshire and Nottingham (D2N2) Growth Hub has a wide range of information about employment and skills, including labour market intelligence, funded training support, workforce development and much more.

Talk to the D2N2 Skills Adviser today to learn more about how your business can accelerate its growth through their Skills Service:

You can also book an appointment with the South Derbyshire Business Advice Service to receive high quality support with finding the right expertise to develop your workforce.

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Employment guidance

The GOV.UK website includes useful guidance on many aspects of employing people.

This includes:

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Employment law

Businesses have access to a wide variety of information on employment law.

This includes advice on:

Further help can be accessed through the National Helpline on 0300 456 3565.

Guidance is available from HM Revenue and Customs on recruitment and tax implications, while the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) provides free, impartial advice to employers on workplace relations and employment law. 

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Hiring graduates

Derby University has dedicated Career Services to offer business support. This includes access to students. There is something for businesses and industry sectors of all sizes to benefit from by working with high quality students and graduates. See here for more details from Nottingham University

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Hiring apprentices helps businesses to grow their own talent by developing a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

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Recruitment support

Jobcentre Plus has employer advisers to help with recruitment needs. In addition to interview facilities, jobs fairs and recruitment desks, they will help you tap into a pool of jobseekers through information sessions and bespoke matching activity. They also offer a small business recruitment service. For more information contact Swadlincote Job Centre by telephoning 0345 601 2001.

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National wage

The minimum wage a worker should get depends on their age and if they’re an apprentice.

The National Minimum Wage is the minimum pay per hour almost all workers are entitled to. The National Living Wage is higher than the National Minimum Wage - workers get it if they’re over 25.

It does not matter how small an employer is, they still have to pay the correct minimum wage.

To calculate the minimum wage visit

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