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News: Col­lege part of project to boost high lev­el skills across Not­ting­hamshire and Derbyshire

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Employer Engagement Officers Chavalier Douglas and Joanne Smith with Research Skills Lead Susannah Chambers
Employer Engagement Officers, Chavalier Douglas and Joanne Smith, with Research Skills Lead, Susannah Chambers

This week (28th Jan) Nottingham College joined together with a consortium of local colleges and universities to launch the European Social Fund (ESF) High Level Skills programme to tackle high level skills shortages and skills gaps in the region.

The launch event at the Not­ting­ham Con­fer­ence Cen­tre allowed 29 rep­re­sen­ta­tives from local small to medi­um enter­pris­es (SMEs) to dis­cov­er what sup­port is available.

Not­ting­ham Col­lege, Der­by Col­lege, Not­ting­ham Trent Uni­ver­si­ty (NTU), the Uni­ver­si­ty of Der­by, Vision West Not­ting­hamshire Col­lege and Not­ting­ham City Coun­cil are work­ing togeth­er to deliv­er the project which will sup­port hun­dreds of small and medi­um-sized busi­ness­es by pro­vid­ing high lev­el skills train­ing, and ensur­ing their employ­ees are equipped with the skills that SMEs real­ly need.

We are delight­ed to launch this pro­gramme in col­lab­o­ra­tion with our high­er and fur­ther edu­ca­tion con­sor­tium part­ners across the D2N2 area. By work­ing togeth­er in this inno­v­a­tive and unique way, we will be help­ing over 700 local busi­ness­es, and in par­tic­u­lar devel­op­ing new skills path­ways to raise skill lev­els in the local economy. 

Pro­fes­sor Nigel Wright — Deputy Vice Chan­cel­lor for Research and Inno­va­tion at Not­ting­ham Trent University

The pro­gramme, which is fund­ed by the Euro­pean Social Fund and is due to run until 2020, is made up of two com­ple­men­tary projects, Pri­or­i­ty Skills for D2N2 SMEs’ and GRADS for D2N2’:

Priority Skills for D2N2 SMEs

Priority Skills for D2N2 SMEs will provide bespoke training, career coaching and advice to up-skill and support people working in local SMEs. The focus will be on giving people high-level technical and job-specific skills that are relevant to today's industries.

GRADS for D2N2

The GRADS for D2N2 project will work with local SMEs to ensure education and training is relevant to employer needs and that students graduate 'work-ready'. In addition, it will part-fund SMEs to employ graduates through grants to work on specific projects, work experience and internship placements, and higher and degree apprenticeships.

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  • 31st January 2019 (4:09 PM)
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