Stirling and Clackmannanshire Employer Engagement Forum (EEF) was put together to build a stronger business community and economy through education, research and career development.

To do this, the organisations involved in the EEF aim to not only meet the needs of people who want to further their learning; but also meet the needs of the businesses that will, or already do, employ these people.

Organisations involved in the group work together strategically, to help minimise skill shortages, train in areas where there is real industry demand and provide support around recruitment, health, workplace learning, specialist advice and funding. 

To achieve these goals the EEF are keen to work with businesses throughout Stirling and the Forth Valley.


The Landscape

Stirling Employers
Clacks Employers




CTP provides resettlement services for armed forces when leaving service from 2 years before leaving up to 2 years after leaving.



DYW Forth Valley helps encourage and support businesses to create and develop meaningful, sustainable partnerships that develop young people by engaging directly with education, and encouraging local businesses to employ more young people.



STEP, Stirling’s business support organisation has been working with SME’s in Forth Valley for over three decades.



Ceteris (Scotland) Ltd is a non profit distributing business formed to support businesses in Clackmannanshire and the surrounding regions.



The Forth Valley Chamber of Commerce was founded in September 2012 with the aim of sharing opportunities, knowledge and expertise across the Forth Valley.



Stirling Council Learning & Employability team chair the local EEF group. They also have a range of programmes offering people the opportunity to develop skills for life, work, leisure and well-being.



Clackmannanshire Council works with local people from school leavers right up to retirement age in help them with employability.



Forth Valley College delivers more than 750 courses from our campuses in Alloa, Falkirk and Stirling.



The University of Stirling is a world-class institution with one of the best student experiences in the UK.



The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is responsible for welfare, pensions and child maintenance policy



Skills Development Scotland is the national skills body supporting the people and businesses of Scotland to develop and apply their skills.

Funding for Employers and Employees

Stirling’s Employment Incentive (SEI) is an employer recruitment incentive (£3,000) which continues to support the Council’s commitment to target support at unemployed young people, with the greatest barriers to employment, to enable them to obtain and remain in sustainable employment (including MAs)

SERI is a financial incentive available to employers who offer support to unemployed young people (up to 29 years old with certain eligibility criteria) to enable them to obtain and remain in employment, including Modern Apprenticeships (MAs). When your company commits to a new job or a new MA for up to 52 weeks, you can receive up to £4,000.

Having the right skills in your business is essential for success.  Skills for Growth aims to help small businesses achieve their objectives with knowledgeable, skilled and motivated employees by combining free consultancy from Investors in People with free support from your Skills Development Scotland Employer Engagement Adviser.

This service is available to businesses in Scotland with less than 250 employees and is completely free of charge.

Your business will of course be responsible for the cost of any actions you choose to take as a result, for example, training or taking on new staff, but we will work with you to see if we can maximise any public sector funding that can help you.

A Modern Apprenticeship is work-based training towards an industry approved qualification. A Modern Apprenticeship supports your business to train your employees. It also helps employees gain essential skills.

Skills Development Scotland (SDS) can provide financial support to help you build a skilled workforce.  Take on a Modern Apprentice, and you’ll be hiring a new employee ready to be trained in the skills your business needs. Enrol an existing employee on the Modern Apprenticeship scheme, and you’ll be strengthening the skills base of your workforce.  SDS can contribute towards the cost of this training for employees aged 16 to 24. In some sectors, a contribution is also possible for people over 25.

Who pays? 

Your business pays the employee’s salary. SDS contributes towards the cost of the training. Your business contributes the rest.  A Modern Apprentice is just like every other employee, so you still have to pay their salary while they’re being trained, and provide any equipment they’ll need to do the job. SDS subsidises the cost of the training so that your business doesn’t have to bear the full cost.

Do you want to recruit new talent into your business by offering a young person work experience?

The Certificate of Work Readiness has been developed for employers, using the key attributes they look for when employing staff. A mixture of work experience and employer assessments lie at the heart of the Certificate and prove that a young person, aged 16 to 19, has reached an employer defined standard. The certificate has benefits for both employers and employees alike:

The Certificate gives a young person the chance to demonstrate the value they can bring to your business.  You can help them earn a certified SQA qualification which shows they have the right work experience for the career they want.  The Certificate takes around ten weeks to complete and includes a minimum of 190 hours work experience. A training provider will offer support to minimise the time you need to spend on the process:

*Helps you hire ‘job ready’ staff

* Employer controlled and endorsed employee development

* Support from a training provider

* No requirements to pay a wage but the young person may be eligible for a training allowance

Must be employed by a construction related company within Forth Valley; or be a resident of Forth Valley and working in the construction sector (company does not need to be based in the Forth Valley in this instance) Construction related businesses with a base in the Forth Valley area; or construction related businesses who have employees from the Forth Valley area

Previously there was support in the way of Individual Learning Accounts (ILAs) which are for people who are 16 or over and living in Scotland and are for individuals who will benefit most from this support.  You can apply for an ILA if:

  • you do not have a degree or above
  • are not undertaking any secondary, further or higher education
  • are not training through the Employability Fund or Modern Apprenticeship
  • are not participating on the Community Jobs Scotland programme

You must also have an income of £22,000 a year or less, or be on benefits to be eligible to get up to £200 towards the costs of learning or training.  It’s a great way to pay for learning new skills and because the money isn’t a loan, you don’t need to worry about paying it back.

All of the above is under review and will be replaced by ITA’s in October, no further details are available on these at this time but the information will be updated when the details are confirmed.

The part-time fee grant gives help each year towards the cost of your tuition fees.

Grants are for part-time students HNC, HND, Degree (SCQF L7 and over)

The level of tuition fee we can pay will depend on the number of credits you do and the qualification you are studying.

Tuition fee support is dependent on individuals meeting set criteria and support levels vary dependant on the course of study.

What is a ‘grant’ from Stirlingshire Educational Trust?  It is a grant under the following categories awarded to eligible persons who have been resident in Stirlingshire either currently or in the past for a period of at least 5 consecutive years. (Stirlingshire included, for example, Stirling, Falkirk, Kilsyth, Grangemouth, Denny/ Bonnybridge, Polmont, and environs – you can ask the SET staff for clarification as to residential qualification).

The purpose is to help with actual expenses incurred in undergoing occupational/vocational courses at post-school educational establishments, and/or obtaining training/experience at the place of an employer, such as work placement.

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