Priority Skills for D2N2 SMEs
If you work for an SME based in Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire, you could develop your skills in leadership, sustainability, marketing or change management at no cost to your employer.
The Priority Skills for D2N2 SMEs project is part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and supports employees of SMEs to access free bespoke, employer-led training, career coaching and advice to up-skill their employees in vocational and high-level technical skills.
Eligibility and equal opportunities
This course is available to employees of SMEs that are based in the D2N2 area (Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham, and Nottinghamshire). SMEs are defined as having:
- less than 250 employees
- an annual turnover under EUR 50 million or;
- an annual balance sheet less than EUR 43 million.
Although the course is open to all people working in eligible SMEs, we aim to support:
- 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 part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF).
What are our partners offering?
Nottingham Trent University is part of a consortium working together to deliver this project. If NTU support doesn't quite match your needs, perhaps one of our partners can help.
Bespoke courses tailored to your business need, including technical and job-specific vocational skills, employability provision, and development in English, Maths and ICT.
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.
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