Human Resources Support and Advice

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Looking after your People and your Business  

At STEP HR we understand that running your own business has its challenges.

We offer expert HR and Employment Law services and can support you with contracts, a difficult employee, even an all out catastrophe and help to build a great, productive team. Offering bespoke long-term support and/or short-term solutions and project work covering everything from the fundamentals of HR and Employment Law to more complex project work, we aim to let you focus on what you are best at – running your business.

If you are looking for Human Resources Support in your business please get in touch to discuss what funded and consultancy options are available.

Retainer Contract

At STEP we believe it is important that we become your trusted advisers, and through a strong working relationship, we will quickly gain a detailed knowledge of your business to understand the challenges you face. Our advice will be tailored to your needs so that your business runs efficiently and in compliance with regulations. We are committed to providing you with access to expertise and a quality service, and by working as part of your team, to understand your business, we will provide expert assistance when you want and need it.

Our clients access our retainer services for as little as £62.50 a month. 


Pay As You Go

We also understand that sometimes you may only need support to guide you through a specific project. STEP HR is built on offering flexible, affordable and commercial HR services, and so we can contribute with experience and competence to manage all of or just a part of an HR project. You may find you need support managing difficult disciplinary processes or advice on how to conduct a redundancy process or TUPE transfer, or perhaps you just need someone to support you with maternity cover? Whatever your HR requirements, you can rest assured that by engaging with one of our HR advisors we will be working with you – for you!

The cost of our Pay As You Go services will depend on the project.

Innovation Vouchers

What could a £5,000 Innovation Voucher do for your business?

An Innovation Voucher provides funding to small and medium sized businesses to work with an expert organisation, bringing new knowledge to help businesses innovate, develop and grow.

Typical projects we support include:

  • Ideas for new or improved people products and processes.
  • Employee culture projects.

Coaching and mentoring

We can provide business coaching and mentoring to business owners, executives and employees. 

Coaching and/or mentoring can help to bring out the best in the individual, and help them reaching their full potential. 


We have also teamed up with a selection of local professionals to enable businesses to access a fully funded initial consultation (30 minutes) with a professional of your choice. Therefore we have a Human Resources expert available every month if you need some specialist advice.

Book a FREE 1-2-1 appointment by getting in touch below. 



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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.

The Society gives vital financial help to vulnerable individuals and community groups in the Falkirk and Stirlingshire areas who are facing very challenging circumstances.  In the current economic climate many people are living on a declining level of personal income, and an increasing number of families and individuals now face extreme financial hardship as well as mental or physical disability.

Grants are given to improve the quality of life for individuals from any age group who are disadvantaged by social or educational need or disability. Referrals should come through an initial e-mail to from a carer, or social / community education worker.

In the same geographical areas, we also support voluntary sector organisations providing services or projects that enable individuals, families and local communities to overcome disadvantage or provide added benefit to the wider community through a new or extended service for the same purpose, including involvement in cultural, heritage or performing arts projects. The activities we support must include at least one measurable outcome and cannot be a major fundraising appeal.

For example, grants can cover the cost of some equipment, a training course or the completion of a creative project.




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