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Stay Ahead with Nottingham Jobs

Nottingham City Council and partners across the region have been awarded funding from the European Social Fund (ESF) to help more local people stay in work and support employers to up-skill their current employees.

StayAhead works with employers across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire (D2N2) to increase the skill levels of their workforce and help them overcome barriers which prevent them from undertaking in-work training.

Within Nottingham and Nottinghamshire (N2) we have partners working across the area to advise you on how the programme can support you in developing your workforce.

If you’d like to find out how StayAhead could support your business to grow, contact us and we will get one of our local delivery partners to contact you.

You can email us on ahead.admin@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

Please click on the sections below to find out more information:

Am I eligible?

To be eligible for support through StayAhead your business must be located in the D2N2 area, and be categorised as a small to medium sized employer (SME).

SMEs have:

  • fewer than 250 employees
  • no more than 25% of the enterprise is owned by an organisation that in itself is not an SME
  • an annual turnover that does not exceed €50 million
  • an annual balance sheet that does not exceed €43 million
  • Sole traders and micro businesses are classed as SMEs.

The business must operate in one of the five priority key sectors:
Construction, Creative & Digital Industries, Health & Social Care, Low Carbon and Transport Equipment Manufacturing.

What training can StayAhead provide?

Only formal training that contributes to the achievement of a qualifications can be supported through StayAhead. These should be:

  • Registered on the OFQUAL register
  • Basic/functional skills qualification
  • Either full or unit of level 2 qualification*
  • Either full or unit of level 3 qualification*

*Qualifications below level 2 and above level 3 can be funded in exceptional circumstances

Is there a financial contribution towards training?

The project can make a financial contribution to SME training costs, paying up to 40% of the NET cost of any eligible training, up to a maximum of £2,500 per employer.

Where there are significant government subsidies available employers will be supported to access these.

This StayAhead contribution is in addition to basic skills qualifications and Apprenticeships where there are significant government subsidies available which employers will be supported to access.

This Local Match provided by your business is equivalent to 50% of the total cost of the training (up to a maximum of £6,250). Nottingham City Council passes on to you 40% of the cost of training and retains the remaining 10% as a contribution to the Local Match required to help pay for the promotion, management and administration of the project.

Construction Industry

D2N2 employers have told us that more employees with the following skills
would help them to grow their business.

These are the skills which employers across D2N2 expect of new staff joining the business. StayAhead can help you find and fund the qualifications that would give your existing employees these skills.

Top 5 technical skills:

  • Plumbing
  • Project Management
  • Sales
  • Budgeting
  • Carpentry

Top 5 baseline skills:

  • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • Customer Service
  • Retail Industry Knowledge
  • Scheduling
  • Teaching

Creative and Digital Industry

D2N2 employers have told us that more employees with the following skills would help them to grow their business.

Below Level 2:
Basic digital and innovation skills

Level 2:
Communication, blended digital and creative learning

Level 3:
Computer skills for design and programming

Above Level 3:
Cyber security, financial management

These are the skills which employers across D2N2 expect of new staff joining the business. StayAhead can help you find and fund the qualifications that would give your existing employees these skills.

Top 5 technical skills: 

  • Project Management
  • Software Development
  • SQL
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Sales

Top 5 baseline skills:

  • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • Customer Service
  • Customer Contact
  • Scheduling
  • Negotiation Skills

Health and Social Care Sector

D2N2 employers have told us that more employees with the following skills would help them to grow their business.

Below Level 2:
Communication,
organisation,
literacy (ESOL)


Level 2:
Care giving and planning
finance
clerical
IT and analytical support


Level 3:
Leadership,
management,
non-medical prescribing,
best interest assessors


Above Level 3:
Registered nurses,
medical engineering,
psychiatry

These are the skills which employers across D2N2 expect of new staff joining the business. StayAhead can help you find and fund the qualifications that would give your existing employees these skills.

Top skills: 

  • Working with Patients with
  • Mental Health
  • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • Customer Service
  • Cleaning
  • Midwifery Care Planning
  • Home Management
  • Patient Care

Low Carbon and Renewable Energy (LCRE) Sector

THE LCRE sector is defined as economic activities that deliver goods and services that generate significantly lower emissions of greenhouse gases – predominantly carbon dioxide. Opportunities for employment at all skills levels, including Customer Service, Sales and STEM Skills.

Businesses in this sector would include those who design, produce, install or maintain the following:

  • Low carbon electricity and heat products
  • Products which create energy from waste or biomass
  • energy efficient products
  • low emission vehicles

D2N2 Employers have told us that more employees with the following skills would help them to grow their business.

Below Level 2:
Communication, literacy and numeracy skills


Level 2:
Computer-related and technical skills


Level 3:
Contract and project management

Transport Equipment Manufacturing

D2N2 employers have told us that more employees with the following skills would help them to grow their business.

Below Level 2:
Basic maths, teamwork
Practical problem-solving skills.
Multi-tasking.

Level 2:
Electrical and electronic trades
Welding,
Maintenance & repair.
Communication.


Level 3:
Engineering technicians
Computer aided design.
Project planning


Above Level 3:
Project monitoring and appraisal.
Specialist/advanced technologies.
Purchasing and contracting.

These are the skills which employers across D2N2 expect of new staff joining the business. StayAhead can help you find and fund the qualifications that would give your existing employees these skills.

Top 5 technical skills:

  • Sales
  • Budgeting
  • Project Management
  • Procurement
  • Welding

Top 5 baseline skills:

  • Teamwork/Collaboration
  • Customer Service
  • Packaging
  • Negotiation
  • Calculation
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