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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 you up-skill your employees and access 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.

High Level Skills helps you grow as a business by creating a more diverse, creative and productive workforce through our five complementary projects, which are outlined below.

All support delivered through the High Level Skills programme is 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.

High Level Skills Brochure

The High Level Skills brochure contains information on the fully funded short courses and support available for businesses in the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire area.


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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