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Skills and Training

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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 Access Hub

The Skills Access Hub offers  businesses free impartial advice from experienced Skills Advisors to address current and future skills gaps.  The dedicated team of Skills Advisers work with businesses on a one-to-one basis, to scope out skills needs and explore relevant opportunities.

Support through the Skills Access Hub could include but isn’t limited to –

  • Accessing training to upskill existing employees
  • Working with providers to tailor training opportunities for specific business needs
  • Accessing guidance on recruitment and HR
  • Exploring Apprenticeships, Graduate placements and/or Internships
  • Linking with education and/or training providers to support curriculum design
  • Exploring funding opportunities for training


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 changed. Employers with an annual pay bill in excess of £3m are 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 Funding Opportunities 

Employers who are looking to take on an apprentice can benefit from funding towards apprenticeship training. For more information visit Apprenticeship Funding Opportunities.

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 959717

Find out more about Apprenticeships in Chesterfield

Kickstart Programme

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

There will also be extra funding to support young people to build their experience and help them move into sustained employment after they have completed their Kickstart Scheme funded job.

If you are an employer in Chesterfield and wish to offer a placement(s), please contact Emily Williams on 01246 959717 or or you can find more information at the Job Help website.

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 the employer engagement team at Job Centre Plus on 01246 343183

Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW)

Serco will work in partnership with the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to provide skills development that focuses on upskilling employees in key priority sectors as identified in the LEP’s strategic economic plan;  

  • Transport Equipment Manufacturing  
  • Life Sciences  
  • Food & Drink Manufacturing  
  • Visitor Economy  
  • Low Carbon  
  • Transport & Logistics  
  • Creative & Digital Industries 
  • Construction 

Through SSW, eligible businesses can benefit from funded training, tailored to their specific needs. Training is flexible and businesses can select full qualifications or mix and match individual units that are directly relevant to their work. Previous SSW programme participants have benefited from increased employee confidence, motivation and productivity and improved employee loyalty and retention.  

Business participants will each benefit from a bespoke Training Needs Analysis that identifies requirements for upskilling or skills gaps in their workforce. Training for participant businesses could cover subjects such as IT and digital skills, leadership and management or more vocationally relevant courses.  

The SSW programme in D2N2 also offers support and training for individuals at risk of redundancy or those who have been made redundant within the last three months 

Businesses can contact Serco on or visit their website here for more details and to find out if they are eligible for funded training through Skills Support for the Workforce. 

Find out more here:

SSW – Manufacturing in Derbyshire Nottinghamshire

Other courses currently being offered by the SSW Programme include:

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