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Redundancy support for individuals and businesses

Redeploying, re-training or retiring

Transition into alternative employment

Swindon has very low unemployment. 3.7% of Swindon’s economically active population is unemployed, compared to 4.1% national average. It has many growing companies so it is possible that you will find vacancies in your field, or at least in a job relevant to your skillset.

The following information may help direct you to some of these vacancies and re-training opportunities.

National careers service

Careers information, advice and guidance in 1-2-1 and group sessions, delivered by Adviza. For further information, see the Adviza website.

Support includes:

  • transferable skills analysis
  • CV reviews
  • job search and application support
  • labour market information (LMI) and advice
  • mock interviews and access to funded online learning

Job Centre Plus

Benefits and job seeking services. For further information, see the Job Centre Plus website.

Job search sites

Many of these local and national organisations promote vacant jobs. For further information, see the following websites: Indeed, Jobsite, Monster and Total Jobs.

Rapid response support led by Job Centre Plus

Typical support for employers might include:

  • matching to known local job vacancies
  • helping to construct or improve CVs and enhance job search skills
  • providing general information about benefits and how to make a claim
  • identifying transferable skills and training needs
  • providing job-focussed training to develop vocational skills in demand in the local labour market
  • help to meet discretionary costs, for example, travel to training course expenses
  • where there is scope to do so, support might be delivered on a group basis. For example, by bringing redundant workers and employers together at a jobs fair.

For further information, see the Government website.

Skills and training

Local colleges and training providers deliver a wide range of training opportunities to develop skills. This may range from part-time evening classes to apprenticeships, or degree-level education in everything from English skills to engineering or management training. 

Colleges and training providers also offer tailored learning opportunities for groups of employees, including those at risk of redundancy. They can also review in-house training programmes to offer individuals a transferable qualification.

Gloucester and Wiltshire Partnership

Information on training providers and training provision across Swindon, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire. For further information, see the Gloucester and Wiltshire partnership website.

New College Swindon

Wide range of training opportunities. For further information, see the New College website.

Serco

Wide range of training opportunities. For further information, see the Serco website.

SBC adult community learning

Short adult learning courses including English, maths, digital skills and employability. For further information, see the Adult Community Learning webpages.

Swindon College

Wide range of training opportunities. For further information, see the Swindon College website.

Wiltshire College and University Centre

Wide range of training opportunities. For further information, see the Wiltshire College website.

Higher Futures

Provided by Swindon and Wiltshire Local Enterprise Partnership to support employers, this free-to-use skills service offers skills mapping, links to training providers and training brokerage for niche requirements. For further information, see the Higher Futures website.

Skills support for workforce

Funded accredited qualifications and bespoke training courses for small and medium sized businesses. This is co-financed by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and the European Social Fund, which means you can access a wide range of training at no cost to your business, subject to eligibility. For further information, see the Serco website.

Retirement

Age UK provides advice and support for anyone considering retirement. The Money Advice Service offers free advice, including how to choose an impartial financial advisor.

Your time and expertise would be welcomed by Swindon’s vibrant voluntary community. You can read about the opportunities and register at Swindon Volunteers.

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