There are a number of programmes that can support businesses with recruitment needs, including grants and recruitment advice.

Step up Programme:






Leicester City Council is offering grants to local employers who can provide paid work placements to 18-24 year olds within priority employment sectors. A grant of up to £2,500 is available dependent upon the sector and ward of residence of the employee.

Contact details: 0116 454 2943 or email:


Talent Match

talent match

This is a Big Lottery Fund project made up of partnerships of local organisations working together to help long term unemployed people into work or training. The Talent Match Leicestershire partnership is led by The Prince’s Trust.

Grants of £2500 are now available for employers to contribute towards wage costs.

For more information visit:



Leicestershire County Council:


Have a number of initiatives to improve people’s ability to work, including support with travel costs. Please find additional information at:



Job Centre Plus:







Job Centre Plus offers support and advice to employers looking to recruit including:

  • developing pre-employment training (specific to your job requirements) for people that need it
  • agreeing new ways to help people work in your business, eg by offering flexible working patterns
  • giving your existing employees the chance to mentor people who want to work
  • reviewing your recruitment processes to make sure they don’t exclude anyone unnecessarily

They also provide a Small Business Recruitment Service:

-Small Business Recruitment Service

This provides individual support for small businesses, including:

  • a helpline with specialist advisers who understand small businesses’ recruitment needs
  • help with the design and wording of your job vacancy
  • signposting to other types of support (eg Acas for employment legislation issues)
  • a contact who can advise you on the local labour market
  • an aftercare service to make sure you continue to get the service you need after you’ve recruited someone

Contact the Small Business Recruitment Service for advice about or help with recruitment.

-Small Business Recruitment Service
Telephone: 0345 601 2001 (option 2)
Textphone: 0345 601 2002
Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm

More info can be found at:

Universal Credit works for Employers: Universal Credit ends the 16 hour a week rule that may have previously led people to restrict the hours they would work to avoid losing benefits.   The benefits to employers include:

  • Easier to fill vacancies as more job seekers will be willing to consider short term or irregular work
  • Identify opportunities for flexible working using existing part time employees for overtime & extra shifts at peak times without the overheads for recruiting and training new staff
  • Access to a wider pool of applicants for jobs via the Universal Job Match service
  • Reduction of red tape by using PAYE real time information sent to HMRC
  • More support with childcare to help employees increase their hours

More information can be found at:


DMU’s Employability Mentoring project


An exciting new industry partnership project was piloted by De Montfort University’s Careers and Employability team in 2014.  Following its initial success we are looking to expand our Employability Mentoring project, matching DMU students with mentors from industry.

What is Employability Mentoring?
In short, we bring together industry representatives (mentors) and students (mentees) in professional one-to-one relationships. The mentor draws on their knowledge and past experiences in work to help improve the employability of their mentee and impact on their future career path.  Sectors involved to date include architecture, banking, education, tax, IT and consulting and mentors work within various levels – from junior to senior staff; representing local SMEs to global corporates.

Why should I get involved?
Volunteering for the project, which can be undertaken online or face to face with just a couple of hours each month, provides a valuable platform for professional and personal development. Click here for 10 reasons why it would be good for you professionally, 10 personal reasons and another 10 reasons why your organisation would see benefits too.

Find out more about Employability Mentoring at or contact Andy Morris on 0116 207 8979. Our new mentoring video is well worth a watch too.


Recruitment Agencies:

A guide to local recruitment agencies has been developed which provides both the contact details and the sectors which they operate within.


Recruitment Agency Guide