Employment Schemes

Inspiring young people about employment opportunities is important to ensure a pipeline of talent that businesses will need in the future.

Careers East Sussex exists to support and inspire young people to make the right career choices and by providing opportunities by linking local businesses with schools and colleges to help bridge the gap between education and employment. There are many ways employers can support young people.

Apprenticeships are an exciting option for both apprentice and employer.

You can employ apprentices at different levels, from school leavers and university graduates, to people who want to further their careers or change career direction completely.

You can hire someone new or upskill an existing employee.

As an employer, you can get funding from the government to help pay for apprenticeship training.

The benefits for your business

Hiring an apprentice is a productive and effective way to grow talent and develop a motivated, skilled and qualified workforce.

  • 86% of employers said apprenticeships helped them develop skills relevant to their organisation
  • 78% of employers said apprenticeships helped them improve productivity
  • 74% of employers said apprenticeships helped them improve the quality of their product or service

Other benefits of working with apprentices include:

  • you can adapt their training according to the needs of your business
  • they’re motivated to learn new skills
  • you can expand and upskill your workforce

Part-funded by the European Social Fund, led by East Sussex County Council and delivered by Sussex Council of Training Providers (SCTP), will raise the profile of apprenticeships and skills training in East Sussex amongst SMEs and other businesses. The programme is supporting SMEs to access government incentives and unspent Levy funds, to pay for apprenticeship training.

Through the programme SCTP will:

  • deliver training to business support organisations to raise awareness of government funded skills provision available to SMEs,
  • work closely with the East Sussex Growth Hub,
  • project manage the annual East Sussex apprenticeship roadshow events, which bring together employers, training providers and would-be apprentices,
  • work with levy paying businesses, to encourage and support them to transfer unspent levy into the county,
  • provide a minimum of 150 SMEs with impartial advice on apprenticeships and skills, signposting to appropriate training provision,
  • support SMEs to access unspent Levy funds from Levy payers, such as East Sussex County Council.

This is an exciting project that will make a significant difference to the apprenticeship landscape and skills support for SMEs in East Sussex. This project is being delivered in East Sussex through a South East Local Enterprise Partnership opportunity.

If you are an employer and interested in learning more about apprenticeships and skills development opportunities for your workforce, get in touch now, the Transform team would be happy to help.

TRANSFORM has been part funded by the European Social Fund 2014-20. It is a partnership between East Sussex County Council and Sussex Council of Training Providers.

Are you an East Sussex employer looking to make a difference in your local community?

This is your opportunity to change a life, whilst also helping you recruit the skills you need!

‘Moving On Up!’ supports East Sussex residents, living in supported and temporary accommodation, to secure an apprenticeship or employment, and permanent housing.

As an employer on the scheme, you will:

  • Be part of a collective of employers making a real difference to people’s lives.
  • Claim up to £7,000 in apprenticeship incentives which could help with salary costs!
  • Be asked to pay no less that a minimum wage of £12,000 per year.
  • Receive full impartial guidance and support to take on your apprentice and apply for incentives.
  • Be allocated a supported apprenticeship mentor for you and your apprentice.

Apprentices on the scheme will receive:

  • Help securing an apprenticeship which is a real job with a living wage and great prospects.
  • Pre-employment training and in work mentoring support.
  • Practical help with securing permanent accommodation including access to a rental deposit of up to £3,000

SME employers can also access FREE impartial information and skills support through the TRANSFORM service, which could help you access funding to cover apprenticeship training costs. www.sctp.org.uk/transform-programme

To get involved please visit www.sctp.org.uk or email movingonup@SCTP.org.uk

The Employability and Skills Team at East Sussex County Council is co-ordinating a county wide Careers Campaign from 2020 aimed at helping unemployed, redundant and young people look for employment. The organising group, including agencies from East Sussex already supporting unemployed people, will explore the potential for holding virtual, sector specific careers events through an online conferencing platform.

Look out for further information on this web page, which will soon host infographics and short films to promote specific career opportunities within East Sussex.  

For more general information around adult skills and careers, please go to our adults section.

To find a list of training providers and courses available for adults go to Improve Your Skills

Become a Disability Confident Employer and SEND Champion

Disability Confident East Sussex supports positive employment pathways for all young people, including those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Are you on a journey to become a more inclusive workplace?Would you like to ensure that young people and adults achieve paid employment?

The Government’s Disability Confident scheme helps employers make the most of the opportunities provided by employing disabled people. It is voluntary and has been developed by employers and representatives of disabled people.Find out more about the tiered scheme by watching the following video:


Supported Internships
Did you know that only 6% of people with learning disabilities are in paid employment in the UK?Yet according to Mencap, 65% of people with learning disabilities want to work.Supported Internships can help to bridge this gap. Supported Internships are based on a partnership between businesses and local SEN schools/colleges with Access to Work funding for Job Coaches.If you would like to find out more information on becoming a business that hosts supported interns, then please email: supportedemployment.ESCC@eastsussex.gov.uk 

Guide to Disability Inclusion in the Workplace

The definitive guide to disability inclusion in the workplace covers a lot of important considerations such as:

  • The laws in place to protect people with disabilities
  • The disability employment gap, its causes, and how it changes according to demographic groups
  • Practical steps to support disabled employees
  • How to build a more inclusive culture in the workplace

Work Experience
Would you like to support young people that are still at Secondary School that may have additional needs? Host a work experience placement and find out more here

Help young people to prepare for the world of work!

If you are an employer or employee and would like to help young people to prepare for the fast-changing world of work, we would love to hear from you! Professionals from any level and sector who would like to support learners are invited to get in touch with the East Sussex Careers Hub team at Enterprise.Coordinator@eastsussex.gov.uk

In 2022, Open Doors is running face-to-face visits again. If you have a workspace of any kind from factory floor to engineering site, we would love to hear from you. And if you still cannot take in-person visits, you are still able to film yourself for Digital Open Doors. Visits are due in November 2022, but also Spring 2023. If you would like to receive the employer guidance, please contact the Careers Hub at OpenDoors@eastsussex.gov.uk