Investing in the skills of your workforce is a great way to increase productivity and grow your business. You can do this by creating graduate and apprenticeship opportunities (for either new or existing staff) or by accessing shorter training courses to meet a particular business need.

Our dedicated team will conduct a training needs analysis for your business and identify the most appropriate training courses for your staff. Our strong relationships with local training providers and colleges means we’re able to identify the right course to meet your business need. There are thousands of pounds worth of government funding out there for training and apprenticeships and we can help your business secure it.

We can connect you to local universities and help you advertise your opportunities to Nottingham’s extensive talent pool of graduates. If you’re looking to promote vacancies and apprenticeship to young people leaving education, Nottingham Jobs works closely with local schools and youth employment programmes and can provide a pool of job-ready young people.


Nottingham Jobs and partners across the region have recently been awarded funding from the European Social Fund to help more local people stay in work and support employers like you to up-skill current employees.

This extra funding has helped Nottingham Jobs to set up StayAhead which will help people in employment across the D2N2 area (Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire) increase their skills levels and overcome barriers which prevent them from undertaking in-work training.

To be eligible for StayAhead your business must be located in the D2N2 area and be an SME (sole traders and micro businesses are classed as SMEs). You must also operating in one of the five priority key sectors:

  • Construction
  • Creative & Digital Industries
  • Health & Social Care
  • Low Carbon
  • Transport Equipment Manufacturing

If your business is eligible, StayAhead can make a financial contribution to your training costs by paying up to 40% of any eligible training up to a maximum of £2,500 per employer.

StayAhead will support you to access high quality innovative in-work training solutions for your existing workforce and will enable you to:

  • Undertake skills-based needs assessments
  • Identify current skills gaps and opportunities for skills growth within the workforce
  • Identify a suitable training provider that will deliver level 2 and level 3 training for employees (including basic skills where needed)
  • Access training incentives to offset training costs

To find out more about StayAhead and who delivers training in your area, contact us today.

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