High Level Skills for SMEs
As an SME, are you experiencing skills shortages or skills gaps in your organisation?
The High Level Skills programme offers dedicated support, advice and funding to help you up-skill your employees and access the wealth of graduate talent in the area.
It is the only ESF-funded programme in D2N2 (Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire) dedicated to addressing high level skills needs in small or medium-sized businesses.
NTU work as part of the High Level Skills consortium to deliver this programme which also includes Derby College, Nottingham College, the University of Derby and Nottingham City Council.
This programme aims to help you grow as a business by creating a more diverse, creative and productive workforce through our two complementary projects, which are:
To find out more and for details on the offer from NTU and our partners, download our programme brochure.
Priority Skills for D2N2 SMEs
The Priority Skills for D2N2 SMEs project supports SMEs in accessing free bespoke, employer-led training, career coaching and advice to up-skill their employees in vocational and high-level technical skills. NTU offer a free, 3-day course which is designed to help women in SMEs to develop their careers and their capability to manage and lead within their organisations.
GRADS for D2N2
The GRADS for D2N2 project provides small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with a complete package of free and subsidised support to help you benefit from graduate talent in the region.
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 access the support, advice and funding to plug skills gaps, achieve more, and grow your business.
Case studies and news articles
19 September 2019
A look at the graduate labour market and the implications for professional services businesses around recruitment and future growth.
18 September 2019
Following the success of two courses at NTU's City Campus, Nottingham Business School has launched the same course for businesses based in north Nottinghamshire.
5 September 2019
We caught up with local business, The Treat Kitchen, to talk about the benefits they have experienced since taking on a graduate placement.
13 August 2019
This workshop explores the graduate labour market in the UK and locally and the implications for creative businesses around recruitment and future growth.
5 July 2019
The second session in our 'Market Intelligence: Talent in ...?' series looks at the opportunities and challenges of the local and national labour market, with a specific focus on AMPR.
28 June 2019
The High Level Skills programme has an open invitation for organisations working with SMEs to get in touch and discuss how we can work together.
Who is eligible?
Most small and medium organisations in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire are eligible for support.
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are defined as:
- Less than 250 employees
- Annual turnover under EUR 50 million or;
- Annual balance sheet less than EUR 43 million
Companies must be based in the D2N2 area to qualify for support. D2N2 is the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) for Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.