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Priority Skills for D2N2 SMEs

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

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.

Women in Leadership

Building on our successful Women in Leadership course for SMEs that has been delivered since 2019, this course is delivered by Nottingham Business School experts.

The course is suitable for women currently working in or towards leadership and management roles, and is accredited at Level 7, meaning participants can gain 20 credits towards a postgraduate qualification. To achieve these credits you are required to attend all sessions and successfully complete the assessments (a Personal Development Plan and a report relating to a topic or issue within your organisation).

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).