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High Level Skills

This project is part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF).

The High Level Skills programme is a collection of projects that offers dedicated support, advice and funding to help up-skill employees of SMEs and provide businesses with access to the wealth of graduate talent in the area.

NTU work as part of the High Level Skills consortium to deliver this programme which also includes the University of Derby, Derby College, Nottingham College, Vision West Nottinghamshire College, East Midlands Chamber of Commerce, Enable and Inspire.

All projects are part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF).

GRADS for D2N2

The GRADS for D2N2 project provides small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with a comprehensive package of free and subsidised support to help you connect with students, graduates and apprentices.

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 plug skills gaps, achieve more, and grow your business.

High Level Skills Partners

Our partners have a variety of support available for employees of SMEs in the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire area. If we don't have exactly what you're looking for, one of our partners might have a course more relevant to you.


This project is available to SMEs, or employees of SMEs, that are based in the D2N2 area (Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham, and Nottinghamshire). SMEs are defined by having:

  • less than 250 employees
  • an annual turnover under EUR 50 million or;
  • an annual balance sheet less than EUR 43 million.

This project is part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF).

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