Opportunity Sheffield

Opportunity Sheffield is the employment and skills service in Sheffield City Council.

We help create job opportunities and break down barriers to employment, and help local businesses grow and develop a skilled workforce. We also give advice about financial incentives to employers for creating vacancies and apprenticeships.

Last year we engaged with over 4000 individuals and helped 2000 people get into work. Our programmes include Sheffield’s Working, Sheffield 100 Apprenticeship Scheme, Talent Sheffield and Skills Made Easy.

We work with businesses of all sizes and from all sectors – giving them advice and helping upskill their workforce.

Our service aims

In Sheffield, there are currently 48,150 households dependent on out-of-work benefits, of which 16,230 have been claiming for over 5 years.

Our aim is to create a vibrant local economy where employment rates are high, people are equipped with the skills they need and work serves as a route out of poverty.

To this end, we design, deliver and oversees a range of employability and skills programmes, geared at supporting local employers and people who are looking for work.

Our programmes

Opportunity Sheffield’s employability and skills programmes include:

Sheffield’s Working – helps guide vulnerable and marginalised adults towards and into sustained employment, and promotes the benefits of a more diverse workforce. Programmes are delivered by local partners in the voluntary, community and private sectors.

Sheffield 100 Apprenticeship Scheme – incentivises employers to recruit disadvantaged 16-18-year-olds who may otherwise encounter difficulties accessing the labour market. Employers can receive a subsidy up to £1.85 per hour worked by the apprentice throughout the duration of the apprenticeship, up to a maximum of two years

Talent Sheffield – works alongside the Council’s Planning and Procurement functions, and in conjunction with private sector contractors, to maximise the social and economic value of new developments. It does this by encouraging the creation and support of new jobs, work placements and apprenticeships, and by upskilling the workforce

Skills Made Easy – helps employers navigate the skills system, and increase workforce skill levels and productivity through training, while supporting people looking for work and apprenticeships

Traineeships – prepares young people aged 16+ for Sheffield City Council apprenticeships via a 12-week traineeship programme

Work Experience – provides work experience placements for 2,000 Year 10, 11 and 13 students in Sheffield every year and offers recruitment support to young people, enabling them to consider and secure a full range of career options

Apprenticeship Levy (SCC) – delivers advice and support on utilising Sheffield City Council’s Apprenticeship Levy allowance to fund the recruitment and training of apprentices

Apprenticeship Ready – delivers a programme of activities to promote the apprenticeship route to school leavers, and works with students to improve their chances of securing an opportunity

CDC – specialist training centre offering apprenticeships in the construction, business, care, education, and IT sectors to apprentices working for Sheffield City Council and external employers

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