Skills Support for the Workforce
(lead organisation Serco)

Skills Support for the Workforce is a programme developed to upskill employees within small and medium-sized businesses, delivered by Serco through a network of expert training providers.  The programme will provide recognised accredited qualifications and bespoke training courses to enhance employees’ skills, increase the competitiveness of businesses and boost the local economy.  As a tailored programme of support, courses are bespoke to the training needs of the individual business at no cost. Many of these courses are now available virtually to facilitate distance learning and home workers.

Programme end date - July 2021

Contact: Serco Skills Support for the Workforce website

Skills Support for Redundancy
(lead organisation Serco)

Skills Support for Redundancy is an initiative designed to support employers and individuals affected by redundancy. SSR is a tailored service to meet individual business needs, offering a wide range of training support. A dedicated Partnership Coordinator will work with employers to identify the best sources of support and training to help employees get access to bespoke career progression training to upskill and reskill and careers guidance to find suitable alternative employment.  Employers who are facing an organisational restructure or the prospect of making hard decisions about staff redundancy can receive support for their employees through SSR. Individuals who have been made redundant within the last 3 months are also eligible to receive funded skills support through the programme.

Programme end date - July 2021

Contact: Serco Skills Support for Redundancy website

Priority Skills for D2N2 SMEs
lead organisation Nottingham Trent University)

The Priority Skills for D2N2 SMEs project aims to support Small and Medium sized Enterprises across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire to access free bespoke, employer-led training, career coaching and advice to up-skill their employees in vocational and high-level technical skills.

NTU offer a free, 3-day course which is designed to help women in SMEs to develop their careers and their capability to manage and lead within their organisations.

Programme end date - December 2020

Contact: Priority Skills for D2N2 SMEs website

GRADS for D2N2
lead organisation Nottingham Trent University)

The GRADS for D2N2 project provides small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire a complete package of free and subsidised support to help you benefit from graduate talent in the region.

Whether you're an SME looking to recruit local graduates, or you're keen to see how graduate and high-level skills could support your business in different ways, this project can help you access the support, advice and funding to plug skills gaps, achieve more, and grow your business.

Programme end date - December 2020

Contact: GRADS for D2N2 website

lead organisation Nottingham City Council)

Way2Work is a three-year project, led by Nottingham City Council, which supports unemployed and economically inactive D2N2 residents of any age to progress into work.  While the project can support anyone who is finding it difficult to find a job, it is aiming to help significant numbers of people in groups with higher levels of unemployment. These include those without basic numeracy, literacy and English language skills, people aged over 50, people with disabilities or long term or significant health conditions, those living in single adult households and those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities.

Project participants will receive one to one support from an advisor employed by one of the 12 organisations which form the Way2Work partnership. These partners include Local Authorities, Education & Training Providers and Charities based across the D2N2 region.

Project end date: March 2023

Contact: Way2Work website



Links to Work - formerly Inspire Local (lead organisation Fedcap Employment)

Provision designed to support those into sustainable employment who are on a health-related benefit and those out of work/inactive whom are over 50.

Providing health and wellbeing support, overcoming barriers to employment and in- work support.

Programme eligibility:

  • 18-24 on a health related benefit
  • 24- 50 on a health related benefit
  • 50+ on any benefit for no less than 6 months
  • 50+ and inactive

Contact: Fedcap Employment website
Links to Work project end date: 31/12/19

MoveAhead (lead organisation Nottingham City Council)

MoveAhead offers activities to help people from across the region (Nottingham, Derby, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire) who are facing employment barriers or challenges. It will help them prepare for work or find a job and focusses on five employment sectors:

  • Construction
  • Creative & Digital Industries
  • Health & Social Care
  • Low Carbon
  • Transport Equipment Manufacturing

MoveAhead activities are run in local communities and will help participants to address their specific barriers to work. They include

  • Sector-specific pre-employment training
  • Basic skills training
  • Work experience
  • Help and support to get a job and stay in employment
  • Referrals to relevant support agencies

If you live in Nottingham or Nottinghamshire, Derby or Derbyshire MoveAhead could be for you.

Contact: Nottingham City Council, email

GetAhead (lead organisation Nottingham City Council)

GetAhead offers activities to help people who are facing employment barriers or challenges prepare for work or find a job. Activities are run in local communities and include:

  • Work experience
  • Volunteering
  • Functional skills support
  • Help and support to get a job and stay in employment
  • Referrals to other relevant support agencies

If you live in Nottingham or Nottinghamshire, GetAhead could be for you.

Contact:  Nottingham City Council, email

EMPLOY Local (lead organisation Derby Business College)

EMPLOY Local connects individuals who are out of work with local employers who are recruiting. For employers: Employ Local provides a whole package of recruitment support for businesses - ranging from promotion of vacancies to hosting interview and selections days to developing job descriptions and providing pre-employment preparation to applicants. For individuals: Employ Local helps people to develop their work and personal skills; provides job seeking support; engages employers and brokers access to their vacancies on behalf of Employ Local participants.

Individuals: minimum of 16 years old, resident in Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire and unemployed/inactive. Employers: all businesses operating in Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire who are recruiting staff. Additional incentives are available to small and medium sized employers (below 250 staff) to help them absorb the cost of onboarding new staff.

Contact: DBC training website

SKILLS Local (lead organisation Learndirect)

To support the D2N2 skills strategy priorities of providing education and training which reflects employer needs, engaging businesses in the education and skills agenda, equipping the workforce with the skills and competencies required by local employers both now and in the future and encouraging a better match of skills supply with employer needs to address recruitment difficulties.  Activity includes the provision of work related training for low skilled workers, employer incentives for work related higher skills, support for businesses to engage with the skills system and to understand the skills needs of their workforce. Support for employers to offer graduate placements, provide sector work experience for individuals and to provide support to employees under consultation or notice of redundancy. Support for employer led in work progression. 

Targeted at low skilled, under employed, those in jobs without training and needing to improve skills, those at risk of redundancy and working in the LEP key priority sectors, recent recruits supported by EMPLOY local or previously unemployed 3 months before they started work with the eligible employer.

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