Developing the workforce

If you are an employer looking to recruit new employees or upskill your current workforce there are a range of local, funded programmes and initiatives that can assist you.

The Government Skills Toolkit

Want to learn a new skill while at home? Find free, high quality digital and numeracy courses in the Skills Toolkit.

Visit the Skills Toolkit website

The High Level Skills Programme

This programme which is based at Nottingham Trent University, offers SMEs dedicated support, advice and funding to help you up-skill your employees and access the wealth of graduate talent in the area.

Visit the NTU High Level Skills Programme website

Nottingham Trent University also offers the wider business community a number of ways to access their talent including advertising your jobs online, on-campus activities and jobs fairs.

Visit the NTU Recruit Talent website


Recruiting an apprentice can provide your business with an opportunity to grow your own talent through on the job training leading to an industry recognised qualification across a range of sectors from accounting, business and law to construction, engineering and transport. 

Visit the Apprenticeships website

Sector-based Work Academy Programme (SWAP)

Sector-based work academies help prepare those receiving unemployment benefits to apply for jobs in a different area of work. Placements are designed to help meet your immediate and future recruitment needs as well as to recruit a workforce with the right skills to sustain and grow your business. SWAP is administered by your local Jobcentre Plus.

Visit the SWAP website

Vision West Notts College

The dedicated employer engagement team, Vision Business, work with businesses as a partner in your organisation’s talent planning process offering holistic, flexible training and recruitment solutions at all levels.

Visit the Vision Business website

Futures for Businesses

Work with employers to provide advice and guidance around training, apprenticeships, funding, employment and recruitment, workforce planning and professional development.

Visit the Futures for Business website

Nottinghamshire County Council Employment and Skills Portal

Whether you're working, recently furloughed or looking for a job, this portal has all the information and links to keep you up to date and help you access support.

Visit the Nottinghamshire County Council Employment and Skills Portal

D2N2 People and Skills

D2N2 provides a wide range of information relating to the labour market, local skills reports, inspiring future workforces, skills boot camps and labour market intelligence.

Visit the D2N2 People and Skills website