Up to £4.7m to tackle business growth

Up to £4.7million will be provided to support employers wanting to grow their business and boost their employees’ skills, including provision of apprenticeship routes, via the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership.

The SKILLS Local programme will support business growth across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire through providing training and skills which will benefit the existing workforce.

It will be funded through the European Social Fund (ESF) and organisations can now bid for funding. Applications to deliver the SKILLS Local programme will be reviewed by the Skills Funding Agency, which is providing match funding and will be managing the programme for D2N2.

Successful applicants will be expected to start delivering the programme by the end of 2016 and funding will be available for up to two years. The deadline for organisations to apply for the SKILLS Local programme is Monday 1st August, 2016.

David Ralph, Chief Executive of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The SKILLS Local programme aims to put in place an integrated system of employment and skills support for businesses and employees.

“The aspiration is to support D2N2’s employment and growth needs, and have in place an easily accessible system which employers and individuals can all benefit from’.”

Free information sessions for organisations interested in bidding and delivering the SKILLS Local programme, and other ESF programmes will be held throughout July (all held from 10am to 2pm including lunch).

Dates include:

  • Tuesday July 19 – At the Winding Wheel, 13 Holywell St, Chesterfield (S41 7SA)
  • Wednesday July 20 – At the Worksop Turbine, Shireoaks Triangle Business Park, Coach Close, Worksop (S81 8AP)
  • Thursday July 21 –  At the University of Derby, Kedleston Rd, Derby (DE22 1GB)
  • Friday July 22 – At the EMFEC offices,  Robins Wood House, Robins Wood Rd, Nottingham (NG8 3NH)

The events are free to attend but places are limited and must be booked in advance. To book a place at one of the events contact Hannah Gamble, Business Administration Officer at the D2N2 LEP, on email hannah.gamble@d2n2lep.org, or phone (0115) 9 578 757.