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Workforce solutions

Are you looking to develop your workforce, recruit or take on an apprentice? Our Economic Regeneration team can offer free bespoke support and guidance on workforce solutions.


As well as providing support to find the right individual for your organisation's apprenticeship programme, we can also help your business with a grant of up to £1,000 towards recruiting an apprentice. Visit our apprenticeship grant scheme page to find out more.

Apprenticeship case studies

Wates Living Space

Wates Living Space believes recruiting and supporting apprenticeships is one way of filling the skills gap and addressing the ageing population of the construction industry.  Having hosted and supported careers days, as well as providing work experience and work trial opportunities to local students and job seekers, they now employ three apprentices supporting projects in West Lancashire.

“It's important for us that we inspire the next generation to choose our industry as a viable career option.  We believe we have found three future stars in the apprentices we employ here in West Lancashire and they have all been valuable assets and additions to our site team.”  Brian Bates, Project Manager at Wates Living Space.

In recognition of their commitment to apprentices and the training and support framework they offer, Wates Living Space was the winner of West Lancashire Challenge Large Apprenticeship Employer of the Year Award 2014.

Taylor’s Farm Shop Ltd

Having had great success with an award-winning apprentice in 2013, Taylor’s Farm Shop recruited a further two apprentices. 

"As a company we feel our long term development of these young people boosts our productivity by expanding the skills available to the organisation. 

"They come up with fresh ideas, challenge old style thinking, work hard, have fun and are creating a job for life for themselves through their efforts - they are a real credit to our firm.” Bernadette Webster, Director of Taylor’s Farm Shop Ltd.

In recognition of their commitment to the mentoring of their staff and the supporting environment they offer, Taylor’s Farm Shop was the winner of the West Lancashire Challenge SME Apprenticeship Employer of the Year Award 2014.

Work experience programme

Lancsapr15 52 Of 72 In partnership with Jobcentre Plus we support businesses to offer unpaid 2-8 week work experience placements for 18-24 year olds. This is a great way for young people to gain employment experience and offers businesses the opportunity to recruit them into employment if suitable.

We will support your business by providing a talent pool of young people to meet your workforce planning needs. This allows you to grow your workforce without the time and resource it takes to advertise and recruit in the traditional way.


As well as enhancing the skills of current employees, guidance is also available for businesses looking to expand and grow their workforce. This can include providing information on the area’s labour market, links to local educational establishments, hosting and supporting recruitment events, as well as providing support to businesses that are looking to enhance their workforce by recruiting apprentices. 

Other useful links

Jobcentre Plus (external link) has one of Britain’s largest databases of job vacancies via Universal Jobmatch, and as an employer you can advertise your job vacancies with them. Jobcentre Plus works with employers within West Lancashire and can offer recruitment support to all business sectors.

The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) (external link) has responsibility for apprenticeships in England. Their main role is to work with employers, helping more of them take on apprentices. This website details all you need to know about taking on an apprentice within your business

The Gov.uk (external link) website provides useful information for businesses ranging from contracts of employment to recruiting and hiring your workforce to improve business performance.