Developing your future workforce

Northamptonshire businesses are encouraged to invest in young people to ensure sustainability, innovation and growth in an ever-changing marketplace.

Northamptonshire has one of the UK's fastest growing populations. It is critical that our current and future workforce have the necessary skills and aspirations to meet the demands of local business and our work programme balances the challenge of addressing both the current skills shortages and planning for the future. There is a variety of ways you can become involved, find out more below.  

How can I get involved?

There are many ways employers can help develop the skills, aspirations and knowledge of young people in order to ensure a strong and healthy talent pool of local individuals with an interest in working in their business.  See details below for more information about our Inspirers programme, The Enterprise Advisers programme and support for employing apprentices. 

Inspiring Your Future Workforce

Modern careers guidance is as much about inspiration and aspiration as it is about advice. Sustained and varied contacts with employer networks, FE colleges, higher education institutions, mentors, coaches and alumni can motivate pupils to think beyond their immediate experiences and encourage them to consider a broader and more ambitious range of future education and career options. Young people need contact with employers to better understand the local economy and the specific needs of employers.

The National Careers Service Inspiration Contract is being delivered by NEP across schools in Northamptonshire. We are looking for organisations and individuals who would volunteer to help inform young people about the world of work and inspire them to learn more about their industry. 

Please complete the Employer Engagement Survey below and return to us kerry.mainwaring@northamptonshireep.co.uk 

Get involved today: Employer Engagement Survey

DOWNLOAD: The Enterprise Advisers and Inspirers Programme Guide
DOWNLOAD: Safeguarding Policy

 Enterprise Advisors



The Enterprise for All pilot in 2014/15 required NEP to sign-up a minimum of 12 secondary schools. Such was the level of enthusiasm in response to a call for expressions of interest, 18 Northamptonshire schools eventually lent their full commitment to the programme. Happily the pilot has now been extended for 15/16 with support from the New National Careers and Enterprise Company and further secondary schools will be part of the programme.

How it works

Enterprise Advisers are predominantly CEO’s, managing directors and human resource directors who provide insight into the local economy and employer needs. 

They are all from local companies operating within a wide range of industries and sectors including banking, finance, law, logistics, training, care and manufacturing. They have all committed to support the programme by sharing a wealth of experience and industry advice and by promoting it to other employers and organisations within their networks.

Advisers are working with the senior leadership teams in schools to ensure a strategy is in place to strengthen the links between education and the world of work, encouraging career aspiration and self-confidence amongst students.

Contact Kerry Senatore at NEP, for further information about being part of the programme.

DOWNLOAD: The Enterprise Advisers Programme Guide

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Open Doors

Open Doors is a programme that will enable Northamptonshire employers to forge stronger links with local secondary schools and capitalise on the young talent available right on their doorstep.

Can you open your doors to groups of students, offer tours of your workplace and talk to students about your industry, the types of jobs available and the different pathways into the sector for young people?

To find out more, or to get involved, please follow the link below:

Apprenticeships - How does my business benefit?

If you've got a job vacancy, you could have an apprentice.

How could this benefit your business?

* Bring new staff into the organisation
* Develop a skilled, motivated & qualified workforce
* Increased productivity, introduction of new ideas
* Reduced staff turnover, lower recruitment costs & boosted staff morale
* Develop the skills your business needs

To find out more please click here

If you are looking to take on your first apprentice, NEPs Employment & Skills team can guide you through the process.
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Case Study

Offering a range of graduate and apprenticeship opportunities to young people, Mercedes AMG are investing in their future workforce by opening up a range of positions from testing technicians to machinists and assembly workers.

These young people all hope to go on and enjoy long careers with Mercedes both within their Northamptonshire operation and world wide with the F1 trackside team. 

For more information on careers at Mercedes, please click here.

Case Study

Northamptonshire as a county had committed to building 37,000 new homes by 2021. To help build them, companies like Bloor Homes are building on their investment in people like Charlie (pictured).

Charlie completed a Civil Engineering BTEC HND in Construction and the Built Environment at Moulton College and is now a trainee engineer at Bloor Homes. As his training progresses, Charlie will become an integral part of the workforce. 

To find out more, please visit the website.

Case Study



“At Warner Edwards we believe that investing in Food & Drink apprenticeships and graduate training is essential both to inspire the next generation of producers and to ensure that the industry continues to prosper. That’s why we recently took on our first apprentice.”

Tom Warner, Co-founder, Warner Edwards

Case Study

Hannah & Yasmin, Current Apprentices

Wacoal Europe are leaders in the A-K cup, 28-48 back side intimate apparel market, designing and manufacturing brands for markets across the globe.

The business currently has two apprentices and has committed to taking on two more this year. All previous apprentices completing the course remain employed by the company.

To find out more about careers at Wacoal, please click here.

Case Study

“Capitalising on the wealth of young talent in our community by connecting with schools, forging stronger links with students and offering apprenticeships in all areas of our industry will be key to ensuring sustainably and growth within the Food & Drink sector."

“TMI Foods fully endorse the Bright Futures campaign and encourage other businesses to get involved and pledge their support.”

Declan Kennedy, General Manager, TMI Foods

Case Study

Opus Energy has employed 27 apprentices since it began an apprenticeship scheme in 2012. The company offers positions for administrative and customer service roles in their Northampton location.

The company currently employs 10 apprentices and has committed to running two intakes per year.

To find out more about the apprenticeship program and other opportunities offered by Opus Energy, click here.

Case Study

Northampton-based business, Staysure, provides a range of specialist insurance products for the growing number of over 50s within the UK including comprehensive travel insurance for those with pre-existing medical conditions as well as car, home and holiday home insurance.

Staysure is currently ramping up its 2015 recruitment drive for 50 new staff based at their head office in Northampton.

Abigail, 21, Customer Service Agent

‘Since working at Staysure, my skills set and confidence has soared.’ 

Case Study

 Knights of Old always look to employ apprentices within the business across all departments. They currently have 14 apprentices working in their Kettering offices.

In addition, the company also operate an innovate work academy helping young people to work towards formal qualifications with some being offered positions in the company upon completion.

For more information on the opportunities being offered by Knights of Old, please visit their website.  


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