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High Level Skills Programme

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About the Project

The High Level Skills programme offers dedicated support, advice and funding to help you up-skill your employees, support your business with recruitment and retention through professional development courses and by helping you to access the wealth of graduate talent in the area.

The project is dedicated to addressing high level skills needs in small or medium- sized businesses and is the only ESF-funded programme in D2N2 (Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire) area.

Nottingham College work as part of the High Level Skills consortium led by Nottingham Trent University to deliver this programme which also includes Derby College, the University of Derby and Nottingham City Council.

This programme aims to help you grow as a business by creating a more diverse, creative and productive workforce through our two complementary projects, which are:

Priority Skills for D2N2

Nottingham College are offering a range of short, sharp bespoke courses designed around the needs of your business. These courses are developed through co-design with the relevant industry to ensure they are fit for purpose and help to address the current skills shortages in the D2N2 area.

The Priority Skills for D2N2 SMEs project aims to support SMEs across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire to access free bespoke, employer-led training, career coaching and staff development and advice to upskill their employees in vocational and high-level technical skills.

Who will benefit from this project?

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

This project is about enhancing equal access to lifelong learning, including practical routes to earning learning credits towards further qualifications. Most SMEs in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire are eligible for support.

To find out more and for details on the offer from Nottingham College and our partners, download our programme brochure.

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.

GRADS for D2N2

The GRADS for D2N2 project provides small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with 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. Find out more about how this project could support your business here.

To find out more and for details on the offer from Nottingham College and our partners, download our programme brochure.

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.

Funded Courses

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.

If your business qualifies, your employees can access courses for free, including:

Funded Workshops

We are offering a range of free online workshops for employers covering a range of subjects and areas.

Workforce Planning Workshops

Nottingham College are offering FREE online workshops for small to medium businesses to support them with developing and expanding their workforce, ensuring they have the skills required to achieve their business goals.

  • Recruitment and Staff Induction
    This workshop focuses on reasons for recruitment and the different methods of recruitment and selection.
  • Workforce Planning and Continuing Professional Development.
    This workshop looks at the importance of developing the skills of your workforce in order to retain staff and maximise their potential within your business.

These workshops are funded through the ESF High Level Skills project ‘GRADs for D2N2’.

Introduction to Microsoft Platforms
A combination of 3 online workshops to help your employees build their confidence using a variety of Microsoft Office platforms.

  • An Introduction to Microsoft Office 365
  • An Introduction to Microsoft Excel
  • An Introduction to Microsoft Teams

Leadership and Coaching Styles for Leading a Team Remotely.

This workshop is ideal for existing Team Leaders, Supervisors or Managers looking at new ways to adapt their leadership styles, to successfully lead a team whilst working remotely and utilising online platforms.

These workshops are funded by the ESF High Levels Skills Project 'Priority Skills for D2N2'

To find out more, reserve your space or check eligibility, please get in touch by emailing hls@nottinghamcollege.ac.uk or calling 0115 884 2242.

What are the rest of the consortium offering?

Nottingham College is part of a consortium working together to deliver this ground-breaking programme, which is funded by the European Social Fund (ESF). The consortium includes Nottingham College, Nottingham Trent University, Derby College, the University of Derby, and Nottingham City Council.

  • Derby College Bespoke creation of courses depending on individual needs delivered through e-learning and face-to-face delivery, and bi-monthly employer academies to influence the curriculum.
  • Nottingham Trent University Leadership and management courses designed to help women in SMEs to develop their careers and their capability to manage and lead within their organisations.
  • University of Derby A suite of new, high-quality blended learning courses covering business, marketing, manufacturing, engineering and technology

Case studies

Contact Us

Support through the ESF High Level Skills programme is available to SMEs across D2N2 until 2020.

If you are interested in accessing these services or would like to know more, contact our team on joanne.smith@nottinghamcollege.ac.uk or by calling 0115 884 2242.

We look forward to working with you!

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