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ESF High Level Skills Programme Priority Skills for D2N2 SMEs GRADS for D2N2

The Derby College Group (DCG) and partners across the region have been awarded funding from the European Social Fund to help more local people stay in work and support employers to up-skill their current employees.

ESF High Level Skills Programme works with employers across Derby, Derbyshire and Nottingham and Nottinghamshire (D2N2) to increase the skill levels of their workforce and help them overcome barriers which prevent them from undertaking in-work training.

The programme involves two complementary projects:

  • Priority Skills for D2N2 SMEs
  • GRADS for D2N2

Priority Skills for D2N2 SMEs

The project supports the European Social Fund investment priority 2.1: Enhancing equal access to lifelong learning. Our offer as part of this project is to deliver a suite of, high quality training courses for the employees of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in order to upskill the D2N2 supply chain with progression pathways to the higher level and technical skills required to respond to new opportunities and to deal with current and future business challenges.

The Priority Skills for D2N2 SMEs project will make a financial contribution towards the training costs. In the current situation, we have developed a range of accredited online courses that can be completed at home or at work.

Courses available

GRADS for D2N2

Due to the current situation, it may be a good time to look at your organisational needs and create action plans to adapt your business during these challenging times, the High Level Skills – ESF GRADS for D2N2 Team can help you with this. The project supports the European Social Fund investment priority 2.2: Improving the labour market relevance of education and training systems. We can offer and complete:

  • Organisational needs assessment
  • Employability advice and workshops
  • Skills and talent action plans
  • Apprenticeship advice and workshops
  • Develop career pathways
  • Support with responding to COVID-19
  • Support to accessing Grants and Funding pathways
  • Work placement and Kickstart Scheme support and advice

Who is eligible?

Most small and medium organisations in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire are eligible for support. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are defined as:

  • Less than 250 employees
  • Annual turnover under EUR 50 million or;
  • Annual balance sheet less than EUR 43 million

Companies must be based in the D2N2 area to qualify for support. D2N2 is the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) for Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

Derby College HUUB

Derby College VUS Ltd

Contact us

Support is available to employees and businesses until 31st March 2021.

If you are interested in accessing or would like to know more about The Priority Skills for D2N2 SMEs project, please contact our team at enquiries@roundhousethinking.co.uk or by calling +44 (0)1332 836638.

If you are interested in accessing or would like to know more about The GRADS for D2N2 project, please contact one of our project co-ordinators:

Carole Peters - Email: carol.peters@derby-college.ac.uk Phone: 07710 365790

Amy Bacon - Email: amy.bacon@derby-college.ac.uk Phone: 07971 323661

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