Employment Hub County

Leicester Employment Hub is a business support project for employers in Leicester, run by Leicester City Council.

Voluntary Action LeicesterShire (VAL) has a small project team dedicated to bridging the gap between local employers and local people seeking meaningful employment opportunities in North West Leicestershire and Hinckley & Bosworth.Our mission is to foster connections with business networks and communities, create opportunities, and facilitate growth by matching talented individuals with valued organisations.

Meet the Team


Collette Bird – Business Engagement Project Officer

Collette Bird is our Business Engagement Project Officer, working with employers in North West Leicestershire and Hinckley & Bosworth to understand their recruitment needs and explore ways for them to become more inclusive and promote the benefits of their employment offers:

  • Impartial recruitment support
  • Advertising jobs
  • Exploring apprenticeships
  • Support with screening and shortlisting candidates
  • Access to funding
  • Improving diversity and inclusion in your workforce
  • Identifying and promoting your Employer Value Proposition

Over the last few months, Collette has been working with employers in the following sectors:

  • Hospitality
  • Customer Service
  • Fire Service


Phil Pearson – Applicant Engagement Support Officer

Phil Pearson is our Applicant Engagement Support Officer, looking to identify job seekers in North West Leicestershire and Hinckley & Bosworth to ensure they are ready to apply for roles and go through recruitment processes and then match them to employers and job roles in the area:

  • Preparing and Reviewing CVs
  • Interview Preparation
  • Matching to potential employers and job roles
  • Identifying volunteering to build experience
  • Referring to other services for additional support

Over the last few months, Phil has been working with job seekers with interests in the following sectors:

  • Retail
  • Care roles and social care
  • Apprenticeships

Looking Ahead

We will continue to engage both employers and job seekers in both North West Leicestershire and Hinckley & Bosworth, identifying barriers and looking for solutions and opportunities to support economic growth and help both businesses and individuals to achieve their goals and realise their potential. We also recognise that these communities each have different needs and will require us to adapt our approaches.

We will also be organising some Job Fairs in these target areas later this year. We are currently working with partners to plan these events, but if you would like to get involved in some way then we would like to hear from you.

How Can You Get Involved?

Please get in touch with us to find out more about the project:

  • Local employers looking to fill vacancies/ diversify their workforce
  • People looking to get into work
  • Partner organisations who can refer applicants and employers to us
  • Key stakeholders to support the project and upcoming events
  • People holding events that we can attend
  • Any other ideas or connections

Connecting with VAL’s Wider Work

We will also be connecting the Employment Hub County with VAL’s wider work to support VCSE organisations, develop volunteering and support our diverse communities of place and of interest:

VCSE Sector Support: https://valonline.org.uk/sector-support/

VAL Volunteering: https://volunteer.valonline.org.uk/ (website currently being redeveloped)

VAL Events: https://valonline.org.uk/events/

Micro volunteering: https://volunteer.valonline.org.uk/microvolunteering/

Multiply County: https://valonline.org.uk/multiply-project/

Healthwatch: https://valonline.org.uk/healthwatch-leicester-and-healthwatch-leicestershire/

VALUES: https://valonline.org.uk/values/

If you would like to find out more about our local projects, please get in touch with the VAL Helpline on 0116 2575050 or email helpline@valonline.org.uk

Get in Touch

If you would like to find out more about our work, please contact us by email on employmenthub@valonline.org.uk 

You can also find out more about Leicester Employment Hub on the main website: https://www.leicesteremploymenthub.co.uk/

You can find out more about VAL on our website: https://valonline.org.uk/

This project is funded by The UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF). The UKSPF provides £2.6 billion of new funding for local investment. It will help places right across the country deliver enhanced outcomes and recognises that even the most affluent parts of the UK contain pockets of deprivation and need support.