COVID has had a huge impact on our businesses and residents, especially young people. Together we will support business growth and equip residents for work in Rotherham’s key employment sectors.

The RiDO People and Skills team works closely with partners across the Sheffield City Region to deliver a wide range of assistance for employers around developing the workforce, along with helping residents on their career journeys into education, training, employment, and in-work progression. 

This activity forms part of the Sheffield City Region’s Strategic Economic Plan and Renewal Action Plan which have a key focus on employment and skills. RiDO is also working closely with members of the Rotherham Business Growth Board’s Employment & Skills Sub-group, to play a major role in the delivery of Rotherham’s Employment & Skills Plan 2019-25

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The Rotherham Works campaign

The Rotherham Works campaign supports local businesses with their recruitment and skills needs, whilst providing information to residents on the job market and opportunities to learn new skills.

The RiDO team is producing a range of resources for partners to showcase local businesses, key developments and opportunities for work, education, training, and upskilling. Regular newsletters and presentations will be shared with DWP Work Coaches, schools, colleges and many other key partners, showcasing business recruitment success stories and links to where residents can access further help and support.

For more information about Rotherham Works or the Employment & Skills Subgroup contact

Employment and skills schemes supporting business and residents

DWP Kickstart 16-24 is a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high-quality 6-month job placements for young people. Click here to find out more. 

Sheffield City Region redundancy and skills support is available to Rotherham businesses via the following schemes. Contact us to find out how your business and employees can benefit from support.

  • SCR Skills Support for the Workforce provides fully funded support for SMEs to support business growth by developing staff through a range of tailored training programmes. Support is also available for furloughed staff returning to the workplace, or staff made redundant searching for their next role.
  • SCR Skills Bank provides employers across the Sheffield City Region with access to high-quality training and funding to support skills development that will enable them to develop their business.
  • SCR Growth Hub Skills forms part of the Growth Hub offer, investing in skills and expertise to drive business growth. Growth Hub advisors can connect employers to high-quality training providers to meet those needs.

National enterprise advisor network - linking business and education

We are partners with the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority in the delivery of the National Enterprise Adviser Network which will prepare young people for the world of work through encounters with local businesses. Business leaders are encouraged to work with a school or college to develop a careers, education and employer engagement strategy for the school.

Why should your business get involved?
  • Directly influence how young people prepare for their future working lives within the community, supporting the development of your future workforce
  • Raise awareness of the career opportunities within your business
  • Help grow Rotherham’s skills base by creating links between education and business, growing the local economy
  • Become part of a growing business and education network where you can connect directly with influencers to develop your personal and business network.

For more details, please email ;


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ESF Business and Education Alliance project - engage, inspire and inform

Through the ESF Business and Education Alliance project, small and medium sized employers have the opportunity to participate in a range of interactive events and activities to engage, inspire and inform Rotherham’s young people about the world of work and the local career opportunities available.

Employers benefit from individual guidance and will be fully supported throughout to ensure each activity or event is meaningful and worthwhile for all parties involved.

Employers can also access free events and support around taking on an apprentice, offering workplace experiences, supported internships and becoming a disability confident employer.

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For more information, please contact

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Careers events

Local Employment Advisory Forum (LEAF)

Rotherham works with key partners to host the award winning LEAF job and careers fair every November, to help businesses source and recruit future apprenticeships and employees. Contact for further information or click here

Visit the LEAF Facebook page here.

Get up to Speed

Get up to Speed is a chance for businesses to showcase some of their most exciting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) inventions and inspire young people to consider careers within these sectors.

Rotherham Apprentice of the Year Awards

The annual awards event is a partnership between RIDO and the Rotherham Advertiser.  This is a great opportunity for local employers to recognise the work of their apprentices and to celebrate their achievements. Starting in March, the awards culminate in a ceremony at the New York Stadium. Nominations are via the Rotherham Advertiser for more information contact or

Get in touch for more information.

Call us on 01709 254444 or simply fill in our form and we will get back to you.