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We understand that for most businesses the process and cost of taking on a new employee can be an expensive and difficult undertaking. We offer a range of support to local companies to help them find the right people and to ensure those people have the right skills.


We can help businesses find the right people to support their future growth. We will help with recruitment and pre-employment training and can arrange work trials and work experience to ensure the potential employee is the right person for your business. Recruitment incentives may be available.

Looking to employ an apprentice? 

Modern Apprenticeships offer people aged over 16 the chance of paid employment linked with the opportunity to train for jobs at craft, technician and management level.

East Ayrshire based companies can now get assistance to select, employ and train young people as Modern Apprentices to help grow their workforce. Financial incentives may be available.

In the last two years more than 300 young people have been helped to gain qualifications and full time employment by the Council as Modern Apprentices in a range of industries - from engineering to knitwear, customer service, warehousing, joinery and construction work, social care and business admin. 

Supported employment

Supported Employment has been successfully used for decades as a model for supporting people with disabilities to secure and retain paid employment. The model uses a partnership strategy to enable people with disabilities to achieve sustainable long-term employment and businesses to employ valuable workers.

We will work with local employers to find the right individual for your business. We will provide one-to-one support while the person develops their skills and build their confidence in the workplace. Training can be provided for other staff member to help them understand the nature of the person's disability and how they can best support them.

There is a strong business case for employing a diverse workforce as many companies have discovered. Find out more by visiting the British Association of Supported Employment (BASE) website or arrange a meeting with one of our job coaches by calling 01563 503000.


Business owners may be able to access financial support to undertake training or to train their staff. You can find out more information under Financial Support or speak to a Business Adviser on 01563 503237.

Further support

Business Gateway can provide support to help you understand the process of employing people. They run a workshop, Becoming an Employer, which will help you understand employment issues, legal obligations and will point you in the direction of further assistance. Some businesses may also be able to access one-to-one HR consultancy support for advice on the recruitment process, sourcing the right staff, induction, workforce training, employee relations and the development of a HR strategic plan.

Call Business Gateway on 01292 4305353 or visit the Business Gateway website for further information.

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