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Skills and Training for Chesterfield Businesses

There are a number of programmes to support businesses with skills and training in Chesterfield.

Skills Bank

The Sheffield City Region Skills Bank is a flexible pot of funding and expertise to enable businesses to gain the right skills and training for their workforce and drive business growth.  For information on how to access funding visit Sheffield City Region Skills Bank. Applications for 2017 are now closed. Subject to funding the Skills Bank will transition into its second phase in 2018 maintaining its core ethos of providing access to funding to support training to promote growth. Further information will be made available on the Sheffield City Region website, with the opportunity for businesses to register their interest.

Skills Local

Skills Local offers SME’s based in the D2N2 area flexible skills support from entry level to level 6.  The programme seeks to support businesses with workforce development and use skills capacity to drive business growth.  The support available to employers includes:

  • Training packages that address identified skills gaps
  • Free, accredited training to employers of all sizes working in priority sectors in Derbyshire.
  • A tailored approach, unique to business need

For more information about on how to access support visit Skills Local

 Employ Local

Activities within the Employ Local programme will support people not in work to take up opportunities leading to employment and economic activity.  There are a number of benefits available to SME’s based in the D2N2 area who engage with the programme including:

  • FREE Recruitment Service
  • Candidate Bank – ‘match and fill service’
  • Bespoke advertising and promotion of vacancies
  • Suitably qualified candidates trained to employer requirements
  • In work support and training
  • Incentives of up to £4,000 to employers who recruit through Employ Local

For more information on how to access the benefits of Employ Local visit Employ Local

Talent Match

Funded by the Big Lottery, the Talent Match programme, £100 million of funding, to help young people find work or start their own business. Chesterfield is part of a wider bid for Sheffield City Region that is being led by Sheffield Futures. Big Lottery has allocated £8.6 million of funding for the SCR to create a portfolio of activities to help young people find work over 5 years. Some of the activities created as part of Talent Match are:

  • Talent Match Coaches
  • Wage Subsidy Scheme for Employers
  • Enterprise Creation
  • Peer Mentoring


Apprenticeships are a tried and tested way to recruit new staff, re-train or upskill existing staff.   Apprentices must be aged 16 or over and combine working with studying for a work-based qualification – from GCSE’s or equivalent degree level.  For more information on how to employ an apprentice visit Employ an Apprentice

Degree Apprenticeships                                           

Higher and degree apprenticeships are available at levels 4 to 7 and combine work with study and may include a work-based, academic or combined qualification or a professional qualification relevant to the industry. If you would like to find out more, please visit Higher and Degree Level Apprenticeships

Apprenticeship Levy

In April 2017 the way the government funds apprenticeships in England is changing. Employers with an annual pay bill in excess of £3m will be required to contribute to an apprenticeship levy, and there will also be changes to the funding for apprenticeship training for smaller employers.  For more information visit Apprenticeship Funding – How it will work.

Apprenticeship Support

If you are a business in the north east Derbyshire district and would like free 1-1 support in recruiting an apprentice, including funding, please contact Emily Williams in the Economic Development team on 01246 345254

Find out more about Apprenticeships in Chesterfield

Sector Based Work Academies

Chesterfield College and the job centre work in partnership to provide assistance to businesses in filling their vacancies through sector specific work academies tailored to a business’s individual requirements.  For more information contact Joanne Gray on 01246 500701 or

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