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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.

Development of Skills

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

Development of Skills

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Businesses

Enterprise Advisor Network (EAN)

The EAN is a national programme in partnership with the Careers & Enterprise Company (CEC), implemented through Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEP) such as D2N2 LEP and local authorities. It connects schools and colleges with employers and providers to support them to work together to provide young people with effective and high-quality encounters with the world of work.

In D2N2, the Enterprise Coordinators are already working with over 100 secondary schools/colleges and over 90 Enterprise Advisors (business volunteers matched to a school/college to provide strategic support), but more employers are needed to help grow and strengthen the network.

Getting involved is very rewarding - it can help you to build strong working relationships and provide insight into your organisation/ industry and local labour market opportunity, as well as helping your community!

Click here for more information

Register your interest here

English for Speakers of Other Languages

The Worker’s Educational Association is piloting a programme to support skilled residents within the Midlands to improve their English bettering their chances of skilled employment. Working with Midlands’ Engine and the Local Enterprise Partnership, the programme identifies cohorts of ESOL speakers who may have had good levels of education, qualifications and work skills in their home countries but who are unable to find work that reflects their abilities due to their language skills. Intensive non-accredited English classes will be offered to small groups to accelerate their learning and work progression and following this with accredited learning to continue to develop work-related vocabularies and writing skills while gaining a recognisable award.

The WEA will be piloting in Leicester, Nottingham and Birmingham and is looking to partner with refugee centres, business and Job Centre Plus to recruit potential students.  


Work Start - Your Time 

Work Start is a free 52 week programme designed to help those who are unemployed progress into employment, and provide them with the skills and support to remain in employment.  To join the Work Start Programme you will need to be currently unemployed or inactive and seeking employment.  Delivered in the local region by Dimensions Training in the local area as Your Time.  More details here

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.


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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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.