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Article published 25/07/2022

Employers across the South of Scotland needing help to recruit talent are being encouraged to sign up to a summer support service being launched this month.

The three month service will run until September 2022 offering webinars, 1-2-1 support and online tools for businesses seeking new and best practice approaches to help fill vacancies.

The service is being delivered as a response to evidence showing companies across the South are struggling to find suitable candidates for vacancies, having wide-ranging impacts on their performance.

The most recent South of Scotland Business Panel Survey found 70% of businesses were experiencing workforce challenges, with a lack of candidates the most common issue.

As a result, Dumfries & Galloway Council, Scottish Borders Council and the South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE) have joined forces to introduce the new service, which is being delivered by leading HR and organisational development consultants Connect Three.


Galloway activity centre staff

There are two blocks of three webinars, each covering a different theme to aid recruitment and 1-2-1 support is available on a first come, first served basis.

Businesses do not need to attend each webinar, which last 90 minutes each, while 1-2-1 support can vary from one hour to 21 hours, depending on the assistance required.

There is also an online portal which has a range of tools including templates, checklists, "how to guides", videos and much more to help businesses with recruitment in their own time.

Interested businesses can sign up at the South of Scotland Enterprise website.

We have received feedback from businesses from different sectors, sizes and locations across the South of Scotland that recruitment has been very challenging this year. In response, we have worked with our team South of Scotland partners and Connect Three to set up this summer recruitment service we hope will provide practical help.

This service is free of charge and only available to South of Scotland businesses over the next three months. As a result, I would encourage companies seeking assistance to quickly take up this opportunity to receive expert advice.

Professor Russel Griggs, Chair of SOSE

The latest South of Scotland Business Panel Survey results are available at

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