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Do I really need HR policies? My business is only small… We get it – the thought of writing HR policies is hardly something to get excited about! However, for […]
Opportunities in 2024 Opportunities for apprenticeships and similar training programmes continue to develop and grow year on year. The Department for Education have recently launched a refreshed ‘Skills for Life’ […]
Five top tips for writing a CV  When applying for jobs, whether that’s an apprenticeship, within a business or a contractor for example, a CV is often requested by those […]
A History of Apprenticeships  Apprenticeships have been a pathway into employment since 1563, although records do show Apprenticeships existing before this point. In the early years, Apprenticeships were often ‘Trades’, […]
Employment Law Changes to expect in 2024 & beyond With a number of legislative changes on the horizon for 2024, we have summarised below the key pieces of legislation that […]
How to support Parental Welfare in your business In a recent report by the Working Families Index, it was found that six in ten working parents and carers in the […]
Overcoming the January Blues – how you can support your team After the festive season, many employees experience a decrease in their overall morale and motivation. With the uncertainty around […]
Shaping your future workforce with The Careers and Enterprise Company Linking businesses with the education sector is a big passion of ours; aligning with our ethos and values. It can […]
GCSE Results Day 2023! Congratulations on completing your GCSEs, and well done on what you have achieved to date! Throughout your time in secondary school, you will have learnt new […]
A level Results Day 17th August 2023 For all students and parents/carers who are encountering results day. Firstly, before you open that envelope or email, please reflect on what you […]
Training Opportunities We are working closely with Howlett Training Ltd, in relation to Health and Safety Courses. As an important part of looking after your teams, you need to be […]
Cost of Living Crisis The cost-of-living crisis and its effect on everyone in the UK is a big topic in the media. We thought it would be helpful to share […]
Sickness Absence Sickness affects businesses each and every day. As seasons change, seasonal illnesses do too; winter especially. Although sickness is still prevalent as we move into Summer, and it […]
Employee Performance Improvement Tackling poor performance is never an easy thing, but ignoring it and hoping it will improve will not solve an already difficult situation. In fact, it is […]
Four day week trial More than 60 companies have recently taken part in a four-day week trial to better understand the benefits and draw backs of employees receiving 100% pay […]
Changes to Flexible Working Requests In December 2022, the UK Government committed to removing the 26 week qualifying period before an employee can make a flexible working request. The changes […]
Talking about Mental Health Mental health has been a growing topic within the workplaces. More companies are putting in place mental health first aiders and wellbeing support systems. It’s important […]
All About Apprenticeships Apprenticeships can be a fantastic way to grow your team. To find apprentices, it is key that you think about the timing of when you advertise and […]
Vacancy: Sales/Design Assistant at Wadebridge Kitchens Hours of work: 09.30 – 16.30 over four weekdays and 09.30 – 13.00 on Saturday Location: Wadebridge Closing date: 10th May 2023 We are […]
National Careers Week 2023 It’s National Careers Week! This year we want to focus on how working with local schools and colleges can benefit your business. As a HR and […]
Skills for Life – National Apprenticeship Week This year, the theme for National Apprenticeship Week is Skills for Life. To demonstrate how powerful an Apprenticeship can be, I wanted to […]
Apprenticeship Myths As it’s National Apprenticeship Week, we wanted to share with you some common myths around Apprenticeships and the truths behind them. Apprenticeships are only suitable for big companies. […]
School Strikes & Employee Leave Options During February and March teachers across England, Scotland and Wales will be taking industrial action and these strikes are likely to have a large […]
Identification Verification Checking your new employees are eligible to work in the UK From March 2020 to 30th September 2022, temporary adjustments were made to allow employers to conduct document […]
On 8 September 2022, Buckingham Palace announced the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Detailed arrangements were made long in advance and have been regularly reviewed and updated to ensure appropriate […]
07/10/2022 CROSSROADS CAREERS SERVICES – ACCREDITED TO THE MATRIX STANDARD CrossRoads Careers Services has been accredited to the matrix Standard; demonstrating the high-quality Careers Education Information, Advice and Guidance Services […]
Rethinking Recruitment
Rethinking Recruitment! We recently attended The Inclusivity Project’s conference on ‘Making Work Work For Everyone’. The Inclusivity Project aims to support Cornish businesses to embrace the value of employing and supporting […]
GCSE results day 2022
GCSE Results Day  Congratulations on completing your GCSEs, and congratulations on what you have achieved to date! Your new skills  You have developed multiple skills and adapted from studying remotely […]
A-Level Results Day
A-Level Results Day  Congratulations to you all for completing your A Levels, Diplomas, T – levels and Further Education Qualifications. If everything has gone to plan, congratulations and have a […]
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Supply Chain Warehousing Apprentice at Wiska Job type: Apprenticeship (x2) Level 2 Location: St. Columb Major Annual Salary: £12,168.00 Working week: Monday – Thursday (08:30 to 17:00) Friday (08:30 – […]
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What can my business do to support Pride month? June celebrates the inclusion and equality of the LGBT+ community. It highlights the past social and institutional bias and discrimination, and […]
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Administration Assistant Apprentice at I J Hodges Ltd Job type: Apprenticeship Location: Wadebridge, Cornwall I J Hodges offer Electrical Installation, Test and Inspection including Portable Appliance Testing within the remit […]
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Sales Office Co-ordinator Apprentice at WISKA UK Ltd Job type: Apprenticeship Location: St. Columb, Cornwall Established in 2000, WISKA UK Ltd manufacture and supply a wide range of electrical installation […]
It’s English Tourism Week! (24th – 28th May) As the third largest employer in the UK, the English tourism sector affects many of us in the South West including businesses, […]
Learning at Work Week is an annual event that promotes the building of learning cultures at work. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) can help to upskill both your business and your […]
The benefits of Work Experience for students Students in Year 10 are often required to complete work experience, generally lasting one or two-weeks, or one day a week in the […]
HR Consultant, Grace Williams joined Professor Richard Saundry (Professor of HRM and Employment Relations at The University of Sheffield), Mark Makin (Senior Advisor at ACAS), and Karen Ellis (Senior HR […]
As a child, what was your dream job? I didn’t have a dream job until I was about 12. I was really enjoying school and looked at my teachers and […]
As a child, what was your dream job? I really wanted to be a game show host! What was your first job? I worked in a small local tearoom – […]
As a child, what was your dream job? As I child I wanted to do anything sporty, especially football!  I played a lot of football at primary school and really […]
What’s changed? Last year we released a series of short blogs around Apprenticeships. We looked at what it’s like for a parent/guardian, the individual thinking about becoming an apprentice and the […]
National Apprenticeship Week 2021 It’s National Apprenticeship Week, and this year the theme is Build the Future: Train, Retain and Achieve. Each year National Apprenticeship Week takes place to celebrate […]
Did you know that the UK has over 11 million people with a limiting disability, impairment or long-term illness? This, alongside the ageing population, means that businesses need to ensure […]
What is IR35? IR35 is off payroll working. IR35 rules are devised to evaluate whether a contractor is a genuine contractor, who is truly self-employed, rather than a ‘disguised’ employee, for […]
What has changed with the available support for businesses through the Coronavirus lockdown? The Job Support Scheme, has temporarily been postponed due to the second UK lockdown which started on […]
“Coaching has been invaluable for me in developing my confidence in a more senior role, especially in helping me to identify the type of leader I want to be and […]
“I think the main way [coaching] has helped me is giving me a non-judgemental space to explore my thoughts, feelings and motivations, to question my instincts and to get the […]
“I found real benefit from the online session. I was a little worried that I wouldn’t receive any coaching before I began people managing, so was elated to hear that […]
Whether businesses are exploring potential large or small scale redundancies, Sue Willmott HR offers a team of experienced coaches for businesses to provide support to their employees affected by redundancy […]
“Grace has been a lifesaver for me and the company. Right from our first contact she has always been quick to respond to any questions I have. Her knowledge and […]
As an experienced management coach, I faced the prospect of coaching remotely online with some trepidation.  It’s such a personal process and depends on building up a rapport with your […]
As the UK starts to come out of its Covid induced hibernation, companies are starting to grapple with the challenges posed by the financial, legislative and customer encounters they have […]
“Over the past ten years, Grace has been an incredible support to our business and has helped us grow from ten employees to now over 100 employees. Initially helping us out […]
“Meeting with Sue has been brilliantly helpful for developing my business plans and also building confidence in my own abilities as a self-employed creative. Sue has been a great sounding […]
“We have a very low turnover of staff so we do not go through this process very often and wanted to get it right for us and our future employee. […]
“I met Sue at frequent intervals for updates and feedback on the courses I had completed which enabled the courses to be fine-tuned to assist people following on later. The […]
“Sue has been a tremendous help to us at WISKA, in particular she has helped me progress in my career from starting as an apprentice and becoming a manager. Sue […]
“From my point of view being a young developing manager within the warehouse sector of the business your help over the years has been invaluable. My department has been dramatically […]
During these difficult and testing times of Coronavirus (Covid-19) we fully understand you will be focusing on your customers’ needs whilst looking after, as best you can, the welfare of […]
A CV gives potential employers an introduction to you. Your qualifications, relevant work experience and a little bit about you, your hobbies and your interests that are relevant to the […]
If you’re thinking about starting an apprenticeship, you may have the assumption that there are a number of employers who are queuing up to employ you. Unfortunately, as with any […]
Having someone new join the team is always interesting. Giving them guidance and setting out expectations are very important, especially for an apprentice in their first job role. Your role […]
For a parent, apprenticeships may not be the first route that springs to mind for their child. In the past, Apprenticeships were mainly for vocational courses, such as mechanics, construction, […]
As it is the start of the annual National Apprenticeships Week, we thought it was a good time to share with you some of the feedback we have had about […]
Congratulations on collecting your GCSE results.  You will be the first students who have received the new number grades for Maths, English Language and English Literature.  If you have already […]
GCSE Grades As students collect their GCSE results, employers will need to understand the key changes that have happened to the grading system. In the summer of 2017, students who […]
Congratulations on achieving your results.  You have done well, worked hard and developed your skills over the last two or three years.  You now have your results, and whatever they […]

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