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Reskill & Recover

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

The Reskill & Recover project aims to upskill and reskill employees of D2N2 SMEs to ensure businesses have the skills needed to access future and emerging markets, post-pandemic and post-Brexit.

Driving productivity and innovation, this ESF-funded project will cover diverse recruitment and leadership, sector-specific sustainability training, and digital upskilling.

Diverse Leadership Programme

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Who is the course aimed at?

This course is aimed at leaders who want to build a more diverse workforce for their business. The course will also support current or aspiring Black and minority-ethnic leaders.

About the course

The lack of leaders from diverse backgrounds, and particularly minority ethnic backgrounds, has been identified in much recent research such as the Parker Review 2020.

NTU's Diverse Leadership Programme has been developed following discussions with local cultural leaders focusing on the need for change management skills and development of existing leaders to support the diversification of the workforce. The programme will also focus on development of skills of current or aspiring Black and minority-ethnic leaders.

Led by Nottingham Business School, the programme will offer a 20-credit module at Level 7 equivalent.

Digital Construction and Sustainability

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Who is the course aimed at?

This course is aimed at individuals looking to develop their skills and knowledge around digital technologies and sustainability in the context of the construction industry.

About the course

NTU's School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment will provide training to employees of SMEs in construction and associated industries, such as low carbon.

The training available focuses on digital and sustainable constructions skills at Levels 4 and 5 in the following areas:

Digital Construction

  • Microsoft Skills, including Excel to advanced level
  • AutoCAD
  • BIM and Revit
  • Finite Element Analysis


  • Building Pathology
  • Heritage and Conservation
  • Energy Management
  • Sustainability in Construction

Sustainable Food

Who is the course aimed at?

This course will support professionals within the food and drink sector, which is a priority sector for the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, as well as the related hospitality and retail sectors which have been hit hardest by the pandemic.

About the course

With a focus on the food and drink sector, the School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences will be providing Level 4 sustainability training to food manufacturers and those working in the wider industry.

This course is designed to empower learners with the skills and knowledge to improve the sustainability of their business practices, whilst also improving profitability, reducing waste, increasing consumer confidence, in their products and increasing market share.

Participants will also be given a chance to learn more about wider sustainability and sustainable development, including the UN's Sustainable Development Goals.

Diverse Recruitment

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Who is the course aimed at?

This course is aimed at hiring managers within businesses, as well as decision and policymakers such as HR professionals and small business owners.

About the course

Our Diverse Recruitment course is a non-accredited offering from NTU's Employability team designed to support hiring managers in SMEs with Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) best practice in relation to the recruitment of early career professionals.

Developing skills in this area will help SMEs attract, select, and retain a diverse workforce by applying new recruitment methods, using technology, and embedding EDI to ensure a fair recruitment process.

The course will support participants from local businesses to:

  • attract diverse graduate talent to help grow and drive productivity
  • shift to digital recruitment and use of technology
  • introduce new methods to improve the attraction and recruitment of diverse talent
  • design and develop a modern and inclusive EDI recruitment policy

Apprenticeship Mentoring and Skills Development

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Who is the course aimed at?

The course is aimed at those looking to develop their mentoring skills and is particularly relevant to those currently supporting apprentices or for those considering doing so in the future.

About the course

This course is designed to support employees of SMEs to develop mentoring skills in order to maximise the success of their apprentices.

The aim of the course is to provide a better understanding of the learning their apprentice is undertaking in order to be able to better support them, leading to greater productivity, increased employee retention, and better achievement rates.

Want to enquire?

If you want to enquire about any of the above courses, email us at


These courses are available to employees of SMEs that are based in the D2N2 area (Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham, and Nottinghamshire).

We particularly aim to support employees aged 50+, employees with disabilities, Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff, and those who have previously missed out on traditional educational opportunities

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