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Financing Skills & Employment - Developing Skills

Below is a list of local and national incentive schemes which support the development of skills.

Development of Skills


Construction Growth Through Business

The Construction Industry Training Board (citb) and Nottingham City Council are working together to deliver the Construction Joint Investment Strategy to Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire area. The Joint Investment Strategy (JIS) is a £1 million project that is designed to support local construction businesses to grow and to prosper and local people to access careers in construction.

A number of fully funded courses are available to SME’s located within the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire area. Including 1 day courses such as ‘Business Improvement in Construction – Understanding the Market and Selling’ and accredited courses such as NVQ Level 6 in Construction Site Management. Please see link to the current portfolio of courses that are available through the JIS

To find out more or to book up to 2 places please call Nathan Wall on 07718 960 765 or email nta.alntigact.o.kahnwl@otnhmiygvu

Bespoke support is being offered to help construction clients adopt the employer-led National Skills Academy for Construction (NSAfC) client-based approach for public procurement and planning. The NSAfC is a project-based training concept that is tailored to helping clients and contractors get the right skills on site. Supporting the adoption of the Client-Based Approach will help increase the uptake of Apprenticeships, employment and skills.

For more information on this please contact Meg Hankinson Sector Strategy Manager CITB: mghnisnct.oue.akno@ibc.k

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesess

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Businesses

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses UK programme addresses the support gap for growth-orientated small businesses, helping them to unlock their economic and job creation potential. Designed by business education experts and run in partnership with leading UK universities and business schools, the programme is fully funded for all participants.

The 10KSB UK Programme is a partnership between Goldman Sachs, the Goldman Sachs Foundation and leading UK universities.

Nottingham City Construction Growth Through People


The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), on behalf of construction employers, is working with Nottingham City Council on the JOINT INVESTMENT STRATEGY (JIS) to promote growth in the construction sector. This has been developed as part of a national CITB programme to deliver joint investment plans within key cities around England.

The Joint Investment Strategy Initiative for the Construction Sector (CITB, Nottingham City Council and Carillion) are delivering a programme of pre-employment training courses and Traineeships to Nottingham City residents. These programmes are designed to produce construction job ready candidates for the construction sector. All successful participate that exit our course will have the minimum of;

  • Health and safety in the construction environment level 1
  • Valid CSCS card
  • Basic construction skills level 1
  • Personal protective equipment

In general they are suitable for trade apprenticeships and/or entry level construction jobs such as labouring.

To incentivise the recruitment of our students they are offering businesses a wage grant of £2,500 for their employment. This wage grant is additional to other grants that are available on the market such as the Apprenticeship Grant Employer(AGE) grant of £1500 and the citb apprenticeship grant of £1965 for the first year. Below is an indication of the actual costs to an employer for the recruitment of an apprentice when they access all three grants. *each of the above grants has its own independent eligibility requirements.

Building Better Opportunities Programme

The Building Better Opportunities Programme (BBO) is jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership European Social Fund (ESF) and aims to combat the root causes of poverty, promote social inclusion, challenge long-term unemployment, and empower socially excluded people. The ESF strand is a part of the European Structural & Investment Funds (ESIF) Growth Programme 2014 – 2020 and its principal goal is to improve local growth and create jobs, by investing in Innovation, Business, Skills and Employment. ‘Promoting Social Inclusion & Combatting Poverty’ is a key Theme within the ESIF Programme (Thematic Objective Nine -TO9) and therefore the Big Lottery Fund is matching funds from ESF to deliver the BBO Programme via three separate, yet complementary, pathways which are; Financial Inclusion, Multiple & Complex Needs, and Towards Work.

Many individuals and families in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Derby City and Nottingham City continue to face multiple disadvantage. Ambitious and coordinated action at strategic, local and individual level is needed to ensure that everyone, irrespective of where they live or their background is socially included and those experiencing poverty can access the support they need to exit it. Paid employment and the pathways to it are recognised as the primary route to achieving social inclusion.

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Sheffield City Region Skills Bank


Available within Derbyshire Dales, Chesterfield, North East Derbyshire, Bolsover and Bassetlaw districts the skills bank offers:

  • Specialist support via a dedicated helpline
  • A bespoke economic impact model to assess the growth potential of Skills Deals and determine employer contribution and matched funding up to two thirds the cost of training
  • A network of brokers and a skills assessment tool to support employers in defining their skills needs
  • An approved list of providers that guarantees quality and value for money
  • An online community with relevant feedback to explore the best training in an area

Skills Made Easy

Skills Made Easy

A package of support for companies in the Sheffield City Region which includes the D2N2 local authority districts of Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Chesterfield, North East Derbyshire and Derbyshire Dales.

Skills Made Easy provides five elements of support including planning for growth, help with recruitment, design and funding of bespoke training packages, supply of model HR templates and account management for recruitment and training.

Skills Support for the Third Sector

Skills Support for the Third Sector provides support with a wide range of accredited training programmes for social enterprises, not for profit and voluntary sector organisations with less than 250 staff.

Sector Based Work Academies

Department for Work and Pensions
Through Sector Based Work academies, Jobcentre Plus, colleges and other training providers can work with employers to design the content of sector specific training to meet the current and future skills needs of your business as well as those of the local labour market. The training is fully funded through the Skills Funding Agency and delivered by Further Education colleges and training providers and can be a useful tool to support your recruitment process.

For further details click here.

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UKCES Futures


The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) is running a programme of competitions that target specific workforce development problems.
New competitions can be found here.