Advice for starting or growing your business


The advantages of recruiting locally

Recruiting locally not only gives you an insight into your local community and customers but also offers benefits including reduced absenteeism and improved retention of staff.

We and our partners offer a range of free services to help Camden businesses recruit staff locally. There’s also additional guidance to support you in implementing flexible working in your organisation, and in creating healthier and more inclusive workplaces


Apprenticeships are work-based training programmes designed around the needs of employers, leading to national recognised qualifications and providing the skilled workers you need for the future.
Training apprentices can also be more cost effective than hiring skilled staff, leading to lower overall training and recruitment costs.

Camden Apprenticeships offers free support to employers in and around Camden to set up apprenticeship schemes and recruit the best Camden young people for their business. We've already placed over 500 apprentices into work with local employers and have a strong candidate pool ready for apprenticeships in all different industries and sectors.
For more information visit the Camden apprenticeships webpage for employers.

Jobcentre Plus

Jobcentre Plus offers practical recruitment support and advice to employers, including help with:
•    Pre-employment training (specific to your job requirements)
•    Agreeing new ways to help people work in your business e.g. by offering flexible working patterns
•    Reviewing your recruitment processes to make sure they don’t exclude anyone unnecessarily
For more information, visit GOV.UK

King's Cross Construction Skills Centre

KXCSC have a specialist job brokerage team that provide information advice and guidance to Camden and Islington residents looking for work and training within the construction industry.

The team work with a variety of construction contractors and sub-contractors in Camden, and across London, offering apprenticeship and employment opportunities for residents.

The team provides specialist advice to the employer, directly supporting them with all of their hiring needs, from initial recruitment to post employment support.

For more information contact the Kings Cross Construction Skills Centre.

Offering work experience

Providing work experience is a great opportunity for businesses to bring fresh ideas into the organisation, and to build stronger links with their local community. Placements also offer a chance for staff to gain supervising and mentoring experience.

Camden can provide free support to help you to find a suitable local school to work with. We are also available to answer any questions or concerns you have before you take on a work experience student.

Please contact our Schools Brokerage Manager for more information.

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