Latest News

10 Jan

Growth Hub Event Consultancy: Invitation to Tender

The Chamber is seeking to recruit experienced consultants to lead the development and delivery of a suite of engaging and professionally-designed Growth Hub-branded seminars and/or action-planning workshops covering a range of topics.

06 Jan

Big House: Invitation to Tender

The Big House are looking for applications from specialist website developers to provide support and updates to The Big House website, for the duration of the project, running until September 2022.

24 Dec

East Midlands Chamber: Invitation to Tender

The East Midlands Chamber of Commerce have put out an invitation to tender for Graphic Design, Copywriting and Print Services. This will support the marketing activities for the ERDF-funded Digital Growth Programme and Digital UpScaler projects.

Construction Sector Support

The construction sector employs over 40,000 people in D2N2 and includes a number of large employers including Morgan Sindall and Bowmer and Kirkland. The construction sector locally is relatively productive with output per worker estimated to be 9% higher than in the UK overall and accounting for 8.7% of GVA in the D2N2 area.

Key Strategic Documents


Progress on these strategic documents is monitored by the D2N2 Construction Steering Group and a Skills Consultative Task Group. Contact D2N2 LEP for details of these strategic groups.

Click here to join the D2N2 Key Sectors Group on Linkedin

Support for Construction Businesses

Support for the small and medium sized construction business in D2N2 comes from a number of sources including industry bodies such as the CITB. Listed below are some of those initiatives.

Regular Construction Business Forums

Meet the Buyer and other supply chain events are posted as they arise on our events page.

Tenders and Contract Opportunities

  • Information on where to access information on tenders and contract opportunities can be found on our New Business and Opportunities and Tenders Page.. The New Business Opportunities and Tenders page has links to public sector procurement sites for example Source Derbyshire and Source Nottinghamshire and more.
  • Procurement Charter - Companies working on major projects jointly funded by the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership will in future have to sign up to a new Charter – ensuring the deal will also benefit jobs creation, training and smaller firms. Details of this Procurement Charter may be found here.
  • -is a collaborative online portal which allows public sector organisations, including local authorities, to highlight their upcoming building projects. Construction and property sector firms can then access that information and know what they need to do to bid for the contracts.

Skills and Employment Support for Construction Businesses


The CITB supports training in the construction industry and offers grants through the Training Levy.

Small businesses who don’t pay the training Levy and have a payroll bill of less than £80,000 can access the service, but they must still register and complete a Levy Return. A number of associated businesses can be eligible for training support including joiners, plasters, flooring and roofing.

You are "engaged wholly or mainly in construction industry activities" when construction activities take up more than half of your total employees’ time (including subcontractors). If that is the case, you need to register your business with CITB and complete an annual Levy Return for them to check eligibility.

To clarify if you could access this support and when to register for the Training Levy read through the information on the CITB’s website.

There are a number of grant schemes available through CITB to support training.


The CITB supports Apprenticeships with grants of £2,500 per year and £3,500 on completion.  In addition, a new pilot scheme CITB Apprenticeship Grant supports smaller construction employers with the start-up costs when taking on a new apprentice. The grant is £500 for each new apprentice taken on from 1 August 2019 to 31 July 2021. It is a two-year pilot and is an addition to the CITB full apprenticeship grant packages. 




Nottingham Jobs offer support for construction businesses that employ an unemployed Nottingham City resident.



Encouraging Young People into Construction

Go Construct is a new single destination for all construction and built environment careers information, advice and guidance. Resources include careers presentations, a new myth busters activity, a brand new career video and posters that employers can download and customise with their company’s logo. In 2016, a skills matching service will be launched, brokering links between industry and career searchers.

A Construction Ambassador is someone who inspires potential new entrants about the industry. It’s a fun, challenging and a rewarding role that can involve anything from leading site visits, attending careers fairs or possibly mentoring somebody considering a career in construction. To find out more please visit:‘

Craft your Futureis a teaching material based on the computer game, Minecraft. Through this specially designed concept, students meet a variety of problems, that focus on the challenges that communities in cities face today.

The National Careers Service, Careers Inspiration can help to facilitate and support relationships between employers and schools to work closer together to raise the profile of the importance of preparing for the world of work and career choices. They are looking for employers who are willing to volunteer in a local school to help their students make better informed decisions about their futures. Employers can assist schools and their students improve their employability skills through a number of initiatives including:

  • attendance at careers fairs
  • inspirational careers talks
  • help with interviews skills and CV writing
  • visits to workplaces
  • high quality work experience
  • mentoring and coaching

If you want to be connected with a school or college across the D2N2 area please contact Louise Thompson , Careers Inspiration Manager at the National Careers Service on 0115 960 1570 or by emailing her at For more information go to: www.

STEMNET creates opportunities to inspire young people in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects. It works with thousands of schools, colleges and STEM employers in the UK, to enable young people of all backgrounds and abilities to meet inspiring role models (STEM Ambassadors), understand real world applications of STEM subjects and experience hands-on STEM activities that motivate, inspire and bring learning and career opportunities to life. This delivery spans young people aged 5 to 19 and delivers throughout all state-funded primary and secondary schools. If you would like to be involved and become a STEM Ambassador for Derby City and Derbyshire County please contact Kaye Twomlow via email on or tel: 01246 212535 and for Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County please contact Phil Hughes on tel: 07834 617138.

Construction Youth Trust is a registered charity working with young people to help them access training, education and employment opportunities in the construction industry. The Trust has a range of programmes ranging from individual bursaries and construction skills courses to work placement schemes and careers guidance sessions and can offer free courses that provide practical work experience as well as careers advice.

More information on support for schools working with employers can be seen here.

Useful Organisations

The following list includes support and membership organisations which may charge for services - please check with them regarding services;