Workforce Development and Support

Our Economic Development team can help support you with a wide range of workforce issues. Please see our Employment and skills strategy for details on how we will be helping businesses and employers over the coming years.

Apprenticeships

We work with partners and educational establishments to provide apprenticeships and traineeships for local young people. Apprenticeships can be at all levels (from level 2 all the way through to master degrees) in a wide range of subjects and can be for existing staff in addition to new recruits – of all ages.

If you are a business in the North East Derbyshire District and would like free one-to-one support in recruiting an apprentice, including funding, please contact Jane Weston, Employment and Skills Officer, on 07866 681601.

Employer Engagement Programme

We support developers and employers with recruiting local people and can through partnership working, co-ordinate pre-employment training to enhance the skills of new recruits providing employers with a pool of candidates to choose from.

Graduates

If you are looking to recruit either a graduate or can offer some work experience through an internship or a work placement, our Economic Development team can support you with this too:

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A great example of the local support available for north east Derbyshire businesses is the RISE programme (www.risescr.co.uk) which has supported a local business and recruited two graduates (.pdf | 2mb).

Job Fairs

Working with partners we co-ordinate local job fairs to support businesses recruit local people and residents with looking for local employment.   If you want to find out more about these job fairs, please contact Mark Szadura This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kickstarter Work Placements

These are an invaluable way of motivating and giving young people a real life experience in the world of work.  Fully funded work placements can now be offered for 25 hours per week for 6 months through the Kickstarter Initiative, in addition to set up and employability costs.

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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

A Knowledge Transfer Partnership is a partnership between your business, the University and a recent graduate. This partnership is formed to work on a specific project that addresses a business need. The overall aim of the KTP is to help your business make a change in an area that you have identified as a high priority eg improving existing or developing new products or developing new systems and frameworks to improve business efficiencies.  KTPS can last for between 12 months and three years and are part-funded by a government grant.   Working with your business, the graduate leverages the knowledge, skills and technology available within the University, to work on the project. The graduate is closely supervised and supported by an academic expert as well as by someone within your business.

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Recruitment

Our Economic Development team can help support you through our Working Communities programme and working with our partners such as Jobcentre Plus and Chesterfield College.

If you are looking to recruit either a graduate or an intern, our Economic Development team can support you with this too:

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There are a range of initiatives that businesses can access to support with both recruitment and workforce development and our Economic Development team can help you with this.  A great example of the local support is the RISE programme (www.risescr.co.uk) which has supported local businesses and recruited two graduates (.pdf | 2mb).

North East Derbyshire businesses can promote their vacancies on the Sheffield City Region Jobs Board which is a free facility to support businesses find and retain talented and locally based employees

Redundancies

If you are looking to reduce your workforce, our Economic Development team can work with you to ensure your staff are supported to find alternative employment, and any other support they may need.

If you are an employer and are having to make redundancies, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to find out about the local support that is available.

Schools and Colleges

Schools and Colleges are welcoming businesses to support students with employer engagement, ranging from ‘Volunteer An Hour’ career activities/ hosting a workplace experience through to becoming an Enterprise Adviser who sits on the School or College Strategic Board supporting with the development of the careers programme.  If you want to learn more about getting involved with the local Careers Enterprise Company, please contact Dan Heffernan, 07388990837, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Workforce Training

Upskilling your workforce is a great way to improve your productivity. Our team can help you the right training provider and course, as well as any financial support that may be available.

If you are an employer in the North East Derbyshire district and would like free one-to-one support with workforce training, including funding, please contact Jane Weston, Employment and Skills Officer, on 07866 681601.