Recruitment and Skills

Adressing Skills and Recruitment Issues

Runnymede has a highly skilled population, with qualification levels higher than the rest of the South East and the UK as a whole

 Nonetheless, we recognise some businesses are currently facing issues in recruiting employees with the relevant skillset, which is why we have put together this set of resources to help guide businesses.


Apprenticeships are ideal for helping you recruit new employees and upskill current members of your workforce.

They provide a structured, skill-based development programme that ensures apprentices acquire the necessary skills, knowledge and behaviours in key job roles.

  •  86% of employers said that apprentices helped to develop relevant skills for the  organisation, and to fill the skills gaps .

The Apprenticeship Hub is a free, impartial service to help you secure the best apprenticeship solutions to grow your business, develop your workforce and invest in the future talent pipeline.

Elmbridge and Runnymede Youth Hub

In association with Elmbridge Borough Council, Runnymede Borough Council supports the Elmbridge and Runnymede Youth Hub, which aims to support unemployed young people into work.

Engaging with the Youth Hub is an excellent way for businesses to discover new talent and solve any recruitment issues they may be facing. Many local businesses have success stories to share, with the Youth Hub providing significant support to organisations to find passionate and well-suited candidates for roles that businesses seek to fill.

It also provides an opportunity for businesses to give back to the local community by helping unemployed young people fulfill their passions and enter the world of work.

For more information visit the Youth Hub website.

How we're working to address the skills gap

Runnymede Borough Council worked with Surrey County Council to support the publication of the Surrey Skills Plan. The plan aims to help businesses prosper by making Surrey's skill system more responsive to the needs of businesses.

A key objective of the plan is to enable more businesses to inform skills provision planning, for general and technical skills. Business Runnymede is therefore keen to hear from businesses about the issues they face in terms of skills, in order to help us shape a better skills system for the county. Feel free to get in touch if you have thoughts to share.

You can read the full Surrey Skills Plan here.