Skills & employment

Are you a business/employer in the Derbyshire Dales that is looking to upskill your workforce? Are you looking to create jobs and get them filled quickly? Or are you an individual looking for the opportunity to improve your job prospects?
There are a number of schemes operating in the district that may be what you need to take the next step:

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The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

This is part of the government’s Plan for Jobs and aims to create hundreds and thousands of new, fully funded jobs across England, Scotland and Wales. The first placements are likely to be available from November.

Funding will cover for each job placement:

100% of the relevant National Minimum Wage for 25 hours a week
the associated employer National Insurance contributions
employer minimum automatic enrolment contributions

Further details of the Kickstart Scheme 

The Skills Toolkit - learn and improve digital skills

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The Skills Toolkit launched by the Government can help people to develop their workplace and digital skills.   Online training is available at beginner, intermediate and advance levels and all courses are free. See the Government website to learn more.

Skills Information for Employers

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You may be eligible to apply for fully-funded support to boost skills in your business. Skills Support for the Workforce will help you to upskill your staff through via a wide range of accredited and non-accredited programmes to choose from at various levels. And best of all, some of our programmes only take a day or two to complete - meaning minimal impact on your business.

How Skills Support for the Workforce can help your business

We will work with you to assess the skills gaps in your business and develop bespoke learning plans to meet them. We have a flexible approach to delivery, meaning the support you need can be delivered at your business, at one of our training centres or across different sites. Whatever works best for you!
For more information visit the Serco website or email

Can you help inspire a young person?

Careers and Enterprise Company

The Careers and Enterprise Company works with businesses of all sizes to ensure they find the right future talent for their organisation and offer every young person the opportunity to explore their options and succeed in the world of work.

Encounters with employers bring the world of work to life for young people. Research shows that a young person who has 4 or more encounters with an employer is 86% less likely to be unemployed or not in education or training, and can earn up to 18% more during their career.

For more information about joining the network and connecting with schools and colleges to help prepare young people for the fast-changing world of work, visit the Careers and Enterprise Company website. 


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Apprenticeships allow you to bring new talent through the ranks and train your team with the skills they need to help your business succeed.

Visit the Apprenticeships website to find more information about the benefits of apprenticeships, how they work and some really useful links for more information.

D2N2 Skills Service


The D2N2 Skills Service is an independent, impartial and confidential service supporting businesses to understand and plan their current and future skills needs. It connects businesses in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire to the most appropriate support across the D2N2 Growth Hub and beyond.

The Skills Service is available to companies based in Derbyshire or Nottinghamshire ideally employing more than 5 people who actively recognise that an investment in staff is synonymous with business growth.

To find out how your business could benefit from the service, visit the D2N2 website

Skills Information for Individuals


Building Better Opportunities – BBO in D2N2

This scheme aims to support individuals with those first vital steps towards gaining employment through a personalised service and support to overcome barriers that might need to be overcome.
Help is offered in a number of ways:

  • Money Sorted in D2N2 – supporting those experiencing financial difficulties, to feel more in control of their finances
  • Opportunity and Change – a support programme for people with multiple and complex needs
  • Towards Work – supporting those with barriers on their first steps towards employment
  • For more information, click on the links.

Apprenticeship Opportunities

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Apprenticeships are real jobs, with hands-on experience, a salary and the chance to train while you work. You’re treated just like all the other employees, with a contract of employment and holiday leave.

If you are 16 or over and not in full time education, visit the Apprenticeships website to see what is on offer in the Derbyshire Dales area.