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 businesses (SMEs) 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.

This project is delivered by the High Level Skills Consortium which includes Nottingham Trent University, Derby College, Nottingham College and the University of Derby

The project will specifically support employees who may face additional barriers to high-level skills including:

  • women
  • employees aged 50+
  • employees with disabilities
  • Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff
  • those who have previously missed out on traditional educational opportunities

Programme end date - December 2020

Contact: Priority Skills for D2N2 SMEs website

GRADS for D2N2
lead organisation Nottingham Trent University)

The GRADS for D2N2 programme aims to support Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire based small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) by offering a package of free and subsidised support that can help businesses identify their skills and talent needs, and benefit from graduate talent in the region.

This project is delivered by the High Level Skills Consortium which includes Nottingham Trent University, Derby College, Nottingham College, the University of Derby and Nottingham City Council.

Support available to SMEs includes:

  • Organisational needs assessments
  • Talent grants and graduate placement
  • Advice and workshops from our Employability and Apprenticeships teams
  • Putting SME voice at the heart of our curriculum through co-design

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

iProgramme for the unemployed
lead organisation DBC Training)

The iProgramme has been designed to address the current skills mismatch in D2N2 and plan for the skills required in the digital age. Activities within this priority will ensure a joined up approach to meet the needs of businesses and individuals in the following ways:-

  • Innovative delivery of digital skills to 1572 unemployed and inactive individuals to enable them to engage with employment;
  • Skills development and matching services for employers through SBWA and PET approaches;
  • Promoting apprenticeships by providing relevant training provision to unemployed and inactive individuals to enable them to access apprenticeships, developing a supportive environment for individuals and include employer engagement;
  • Engagement of the most disadvantaged groups or those who face particular local disadvantages in utilising digital skills.
  • *additional development* how to engage with employers digitally in the post Covid-19 world

Specified outcomes will include:

  • 434 individuals to enter employment or begin jobsearching (for those that were inactive upon joining)
  • 63 to gain a functional skills qualification
  • 566 to be in employment 6 months after programme completion

Project end date: December 2022

Contact: DBC Training website

iProgramme for the employed
lead organisation DBC Training)

The iProgramme will deliver a responsive digital skills programme that is tailored to the individual needs of businesses within the D2N2 LEP area. Stimulating growth in the digital skills base for businesses will help grow the local economy, increase productivity and create more and better paid productive jobs.  

The iProgramme will support 2774 individuals from April 2020 to December 2022.

The measurable outcomes for the employed strand are mainly qualification based, to achieve 694 qualifications at Level 2 or below and 222 at Level 3, as well as 305 functional skills qualifications.

There’s also an additional outcome which is to encourage the development of 495 females within employment taking on additional duties or gaining promotion within 6 months of the course completion giving them improved labour market status.

Project end date: December 2022

Contact: DBC Training website

Skills Access Hub
lead organisation Nottingham City Council)

The D2N2 Skills Access Hub is a 3 year project which aims to support small and medium sized businesses (SME) based across D2N2 to identify and address their skills gaps and training needs.  The project is closely aligned with the D2N2 Growth Hub and builds on the Growth Hub’s high quality business growth support, by providing a dedicated skills support service for SMEs.

The D2N2 Skills Access Hub is delivered in partnership with Nottingham City Council, Direct Help & Advice, Futures, Nottingham College, West Nottinghamshire College and the University of Nottingham.

Through the project, businesses can access free impartial advice from experienced advisers to scope out skills needs and explore relevant opportunities.  The Skills Access Hub will also connect SMEs to relevant European-funded projects, such as The Big House, Skills Support for the Workforce and the High Level Skills programme, in addition to supporting SMEs to access funding opportunities such as the Apprenticeship Levy and Adult Education Budget.

Project end date: September 2023

Contact: Skills Access Hub webpage

Taste Local
lead organisation DBC)

The Taste Local programme will provide the skills to help support unemployed people into food & drink sector jobs in the Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire regions.

DBC is working with Orbital Recruitment and the Food & Drink Forum to boost employment in this sector - supporting over 1500 local people into new jobs.

Taste Local will fund training for D2N2 residents to help improve their employability and support business’ recovery at this challenging time through a tailored offer and no cost recruitment solutions.

Project end date: October 2023

Contact: Taste Local webpage


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

Links to Work project end date: 2019

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

Move Ahead project end date: 2019

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

GetAhead project end date: 2019

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.

Employ Local project end date: 2019

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.

Skills Local project end date: 2019

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