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Free 'How to Hire' Workshops for Small Businesses

Know More. Grow More. How to Hire

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'Know More. Grow More. How to Hire' is a programme of free workshops for expanding micro and small businesses to equip you with the knowledge and tools to recruit new talent to help your business grow.

Hiring and retaining individuals with the blend of skills, knowledge and experience to deliver continued growth is a challenge faced by all businesses. Micro-businesses and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) that are seeking to bring in new talent are now able to tap into specialist recruitment and human resource development support from university experts at zero cost.

It will help businesses to shape their recruitment and HR practices through online advice, workshops, and mentoring, which is delivered by highly skilled and successful business practitioners.

The support is open to businesses located in the Northumberland or Tyne and Wear area.

Each business will receive up to 12 hours of online advice over 5 weeks, including workshops and mentoring from highly skilled and successful business practitioners who will assist participants to:

  • Design and implement effective recruitment plans and processes.
  • Develop understanding of how to conduct job analysis, produce job descriptions and application documents.
  • Identify appropriate channels to engage suitable candidates.
  • Establish methods to screen, shortlist, interview and evaluate candidates.
  • Develop HR practices that align employee performance with organisational strategy.
  • Pensions, job appraisals and the opportunity to create a 1-2-1 action plan 

Dr Kimberley Hardcastle provides an overview of the programme and the key benefits to SMEs here.

The programme runs from October 2022 and if you are interested in taking part, please complete our expression of interest form.

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