Recruitment support made available for South of Scotland businesses

Employers across the South of Scotland needing help to recruit talent are being encouraged to sign up to a summer support service being launched this month.

The three month service will run until September 2022, offering webinars, 1-2-1 support and online tools for businesses seeking new and best practice approaches to help fill vacancies.

The service is being delivered as a response to evidence showing companies across the South are struggling to find suitable candidates for vacancies, having wide-ranging impacts on their performance.

The most recent South of Scotland Business Panel Survey found 70% of businesses were experiencing workforce challenges, with a lack of candidates the most common issue.

As a result, Dumfries and Galloway Council, Scottish Borders Council and South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE) have joined forces to introduce the new service, which is being delivered by leading HR and organisational development consultants Connect Three.

There are a total of two blocks of three webinars, each covering a different theme to aid recruitment, and 1-2-1 support is available on a first come, first served basis.

Businesses do not need to attend each webinar, which last 90 minutes each, while 1-2-1 support can vary from one hour to 21 hours, depending on the assistance required.

There is also an online portal which has a range of tools including templates, checklists, ‘how to guides’, videos and much more to help businesses with recruitment in their own time.

Interested businesses can sign up at www.southofscotlandenterprise.com/recruitmentsupport

Professor Russel Griggs OBE, Chair of SOSE

“We have received feedback from businesses from different sectors, sizes and locations across the South of Scotland that recruitment has been very challenging this year.

“In response, we have worked with our Team South of Scotland partners and Connect Three to set up this summer recruitment service we hope will provide practical help.

“This service is free of charge and only available to South of Scotland businesses over the next three months.

“As a result, I would encourage companies seeking assistance to quickly take up this opportunity to receive expert advice.”

Councillor Scott Hamilton, Scottish Borders Council’s Executive Member for Community and Business Development

“This project is an innovative initiative to assist businesses to fill vacancies, which is a significant issue at present. It is another excellent example of how we can work with our partners to leverage support that has been identified as being critical to our region’s businesses.

“This is a short term project and I would urge any local business facing recruitment challenges to register their interest as soon as possible so they do not miss out on the support that is being made available.”

Co Leader of Dumfries and Galloway Council, Stephen Thompson

“One of our council priorities is to build the local economy. As we recover from the pandemic, we want to support our local businesses in being able to attract and retain the best talent so they can thrive and grow.”

Co Leader of Dumfries and Galloway Council, Linda Dorward

“This service will provide invaluable help to local people and businesses. The advice and support available in the webinars and through the 1-2-1 support will really provide the tools that businesses can use to ensure they can fill vacancies with the best people for the roles.”