News - 22 October 2013

D2N2’s David Ralph to speak at free breakfast event to help local SMEs access £12 million training fund

D2N2 Chief Executive David Ralph is set to speak at a special breakfast event hosted by Destination Chesterfield.

Free support and advice is on offer to local businesses looking to access the recently launched £12 million ‘Skills Support for the Workforce’ fund, at the event on Wednesday October 30. 

The free Skills Breakfast Meeting is taking place at Chesterfield College’s Heartspace building on Infirmary Road from 7.30am to 9.30am. 

Speakers at the event will include Chesterfield College’s Deputy Principal Julie Richards, who will tell businesses how to take advantage of the funds the college has secured to deliver the free ‘Skills Support for the Workforce’ training. 

College Principal and Destination Chesterfield Board Member, Trevor Clay, explained: “The ‘Skills Support for the Workforce’ project means businesses can now make their employees more versatile, plug skills gaps and increase productivity, all for zero cost. 

“The breakfast event will also discuss Apprenticeships which are continuing to grow in popularity with employers as they realise how easy it is to actually take on an apprentice. This Skills Breakfast Meeting is not only a fantastic opportunity for local businesses to find out how they can up skill their apprentices but also their wider workforce to benefit their bottom line.” 

At the event there will also be presentations from Sheffield City Region and D2N2 LEPs, the National Apprenticeships Services along with business case studies from United Cast Bar and Avanti Gas. There will also be a Q&A session and the opportunity to network with local companies and skills providers. 

The Skills Support for the Workforce project is designed to fund work-based qualifications for employees of SMEs with a workforce of fewer than 250. 

Giving employees something over and above the statutory training they normally access, the project aims to improve skills, staff versatility, productivity and ultimately a company’s bottom line. The choice of training is vast and could range from Maths and English qualifications, right up to Level 4 courses. Launched last month, the project is funded through the European Social Fund (ESF) awarded by the Skills Funding Agency.

Any employers interested in attending the free Skills Breakfast Meeting, organised by Destination Chesterfield, can register at

To find out work about Skills for the Workforce in the D2N2 area, click here

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