Cham­ber launches one-stop sup­port shop

The Herald Business - - News Digest -

GLAS­GOW Cham­ber of Com­merce has launched a new “one-stop shop” to sup­port busi­nesses which are look­ing to in­creasetheir­work­forcethrough re­cruit­ment, guid­ing them to­ward the fund­ing schemes that are avail­able from Lo­cal Ser­vice Au­thor­i­ties in Glas­gow.

Named Work­force So­lu­tions, the ser­vice ul­ti­mately seeks to as­sist busi­nesses with­theover­all process of re­cruit­ment, sup­port­ing the work of the pub­lic sec­tor fund­ing bod­ies and help­ing a greater num­ber of busi­nesses to ben­e­fit from the ser­vices which are spread across mul­ti­ple dif­fer­ent or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Form­ing a dis­tinct pub­lic sec­tor – pri­vate sec­tor part­ner­ship with Lo­cal Ser­vice Au­thor­i­ties in the city, in­clud­ing Glas­gow City Coun­cil, Glas­gow Re­gen­er­a­tion Agency, Job­cen­tre Plus and Skills Devel­op­ment Scot­land, the project has con­sol­i­dated a wide range of ser­vices which are of­fered on an in­di­vid­ual ba­sis through­out Glas­gow. Em­ploy­ers will also be pointed in the di­rec­tion of any other body the Work­force So­lu­tion’s team feels may be able to as­sist.

Work­force So­lu­tions aims to es­tab­lish it­self as a main point of con­tact for busi­nesses by pro­mot­ing the range of fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance avail­able across the city while also ben­e­fit­ing the part­ner or­gan­i­sa­tions.

Skills Devel­op­ment Scot­land has given out al­most £700,000 to near­ly600­com­pa­nieswhich­were el­i­gi­ble for their sup­port pack­ages, while Glas­gow City Coun­cil’s Glas­gow Guar­an­tee has a com­bined value of £125 mil­lion.

Glas­gow Re­gen­er­a­tion Agency will also pro­vide suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants with up to £1,000 to fund train­ing while Job Cen­tre Plus can give busi­nesses £2,275 if they take on a full time can­di­date who has been un­em­ployed for at least 13 weeks.

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