Schemes & Initiatives

Schemes & Initiatives


Social Contract Programme

Virtual Mentoring

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Community Employment Plans

Graduate Recruitment


We run initiatives and schemes to help employers unlock their apprenticeship levy to enable small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), social enterprises and charities to access unused funds in order to start or develop their own apprenticeship schemes.

Find out how you can support SMEs, social enterprises and charities in Oxfordshire at no extra cost to your pay bill.

The Social Contract

The Social Contract is a £1.7million programme of activity funded by the government’s Contain Outbreak Management Fund via Oxfordshire County Council and led by OxLEP Skills. The aim is to address the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic related to the impacts of health and wellbeing through unemployment, barriers to employment, education and training for those most impacted i.e., young people (ages 16-24 years), minority ethnic communities, those furthest from the labour market and the over 50s. 

Become a virtual mentor

Our OxGROW virtual mentoring platform helps people (18+) who are looking for support and guidance from a mentor on how to successfully navigate the challenging world of job seeking.

If you have advice and experience you would like to share by becoming a mentor, your knowledge could be invaluable to a mentee. The approximate time commitment is only 1 hour per week, and you are able to manage availability during busy periods.

Please contact skills@oxfordshirelep.com if you would like to sign up to be a mentor.


Employment Plans

Community Employment Plans (CEPs) aim to enable better access to job and training opportunities for local people.

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Graduate Recruitment

To retain graduate talent by inspiring them to see the incredible choices available in Oxfordshire, we have created this ‘Keys to Your Future’ video in collaboration with the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University: 

Both Oxford Brookes and University of Oxford have created careers portals to raise their students’ awareness of the corporate world and help their professional development 

Oxford Brookes

(working in collaboration with JobTeaser): 

Employers can create a company profile and post jobs free of charge: exclusively visible for students and graduates at Oxford Brookes. By adding an employer profile, it will improve the chance of attracting top talent, as students and alumni will have more visibility to a company, even if they don’t have any current job vacancies. 

Next steps: 

  • Registerand create your company profile! Here you can post videos, pictures and team info to highlight your company culture. Students can follow your company and stay up to date with new offers and activities.
  • After confirming your password via email, you will have permanent access to your Company account.
  • Add your jobs/ internships/ work placements etc.
  • Log in any time to manage, adjust, duplicate or resubmit your job vacancies.
  • Stay up to date of the views and applications per job post.

University of Oxford

Vacancies can be set up on their careers portal directly by employers.

If you require any help or support the Employer Engagement Team can assist – 01865274663 or you can contact them by email: recruiters@careers.ox.ac.uk