Support to recruit talent from overseas

Support to recruit talent from overseas

With many civil engineering companies finding it difficult to recruit and train enough workers to meet growing demand, some contractors will be looking to attract skilled people from overseas.  This guest bog from Talent Scotland tells you all you need to know about what support the Scottish Enterprise initiative can provide to help your business navigate the world of immigration and visas.

Do you struggle to recruit the talent that you need?  Do you know about the new UK immigration system and how to get support for your business?

The UK immigration system has been radically reformed over the last 12 months.   The good news is that the UK now has a very open, streamlined sponsorship process and it is easier and faster than before to sponsor medium and highly skilled workers to work in the UK.

There are also additional new visa categories planned (as part of the trade agreement negotiations with various countries) which should make it easier for employers to tap into those overseas talent pools when filling jobs.

Getting the right skills for your business can sometimes be a challenge in areas where there is competition for specific or niche skills and you may want to consider looking outside the local labour market.

However, navigating the immigration rules and potential visa routes can be daunting for employers who are unfamiliar with them.  That is where TalentScotland support can make a real difference.

Run by and within Scottish Enterprise TalentScotland is an international project. As part of our support we offer general support and guidance to help employers navigate the UK immigration system.

If you are looking at recruiting for your business or replacing roles that you might have traditionally filled with EU talent, our support may be of interest to you.

Key resources we have available include:

Applying for a Sponsor Licence webinar

This short webinar on the new points-based immigration system includes detail on the process, costs and timescales involved in sponsorship.  At the end of the webinar you will have knowledge about what roles are eligible for sponsorship and the process to follow.

Sign up here.


Tutorials on Immigration system

Following on from the webinars we provide further support to employers through interactive tutorial sessions, factsheets and checklists to aid you in completing your sponsor licence application. We can also provide feedback before you submit it. Tutorials on Assigning a Certificate of Sponsorship and Compliance are also available.

Click here to find out more


Right to Work Check update webinar

This webinar is relevant to all employers whether they sponsor migrant workers or not.  This is an area that has undergone significant changes due to the EU Settlement Scheme closing for certain applicants.

Sign up here


Graduate Route webinar

This webinar explains how employers can use the new Graduate Route visa which will allow employers employ international talent graduating from UK universities (without the employer needing a sponsor licence).

Sign up here.


“When you are trying to do so many different roles in a small company, it is great to have TalentScotland support in this process”.

So, what have you got to lose? Book on a webinar, check out our website at or message us at to see how we can help you.