Employment Workshop

Employment Essentials

If you are a small business owner looking to expand and employ your first member of staff then this workshop is for you.

This free, 3 hour workshop has been designed by Trevor Vanstone, Director of Perspective HR, specifically for start-up business owners looking to hire their first employee. In this interactive and informative training session you’ll learn all the basic HR processes that you need to follow to comply with the law and ensure that you find the right employee for your business needs.

Trevor has considerable experience having advised over 70 companies and organisations in all things HR and employment and so brings a wealth of knowledge to show you that the process of hiring your first member of staff does not have to be a difficult experience.

The training will be full of practical, step-by-step instructions from identifying your needs, understanding the law, putting together job descriptions and interviewing as well as motivating and training staff, plus much more.

The workshop will be split into 4 sections covering the following topics:

Basic requirements

  • Outlining basic employee requirements
  • Understanding employee types (employed, self-employed, casual & zero hours workers)
  • Payroll, auto-enrolment and holiday leave
  • National Insurance contributions
  • Safety in the workplace


  • The recruitment process & how to avoid discrimination
  • Where to look for staff
  • Putting together job descriptions and person specifications
  • Interview questions and techniques (exercise)
  • Probation documents

Employment Law

  • Understanding your legal requirements
  • Putting together policies and employee handbook
  • Sickness
  • Data protection

Training & Development

  • Leadership training
  • How to motivate staff
  • The pros and cons of bonus schemes
  • Dealing with performance issues

By the end of the session you should feel confident in putting everything learned into practice in your business to find and hire your first employee.

About the Trainer – Trevor Vanstone

Trevor Vanstone is responsible for advising 70 companies and organisations in all things HR and employment. After being brought up on a ‘proper hands-on business’ of the family market garden, he spent 22 years in publishing as a journalist, editor, and operational and senior manager before becoming an HR consultant and trainer in 2006.

Trevor is the Director of Westcountry-based Perspective HR Ltd and is an accredited Action Centred Leadership (ACL) trainer. Trevor works across a range of industries and the third sector and has trained hundreds of owners, managers and team leaders over the last decade.

Date: 26th November 2019

Time: 9.30am to 12.30pm

Location: Partridge House, Kennford, Exeter, EX6 7TW


Important Information


To be eligible to attend this free workshop you need to be based in one of the following local council areas: East Devon, Mid Devon, West Devon, South Hams, Teignbridge or Exeter. If you are unsure, you can check by entering your postcode into the Government Council Checker. You can find further details about the eligibility criteria here. You also need to have registered with either Companies House or HMRC within the last 12 months.

To bring with you:

Please ensure you bring a copy of your Unique Taxpayer Reference (UTR) Number that you will have received when you registered with HMRC. We need this to show our funders that you are operating a real business so that we can provide the support at no cost to you. Alternatively, please bring your Company Registration Number.

There will also be some forms that you need to complete and bring along with you to the workshop. Full details will be sent out in your confirmation email.

For more information about where to find your UTR number and details of the forms you will need to complete and bring with you, please click here.

If you have any questions about the eligibility criteria or information you need to bring with you please call us on 01837 659 059 before making a booking to avoid disappointment on the day.




The Start Up & Grow project is receiving funding from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The accountable body for this programme is Devon County Council.



Nov 26 2019


9:30 am - 12:30 pm


Partridge House
Kennford, Exeter, Devon, EX6 7TW