News - 22 January 2016

Employers invited to hear how £6.5m learning centre will shape their future workforces

Employers and businesses are invited to a free breakfast event at West Nottinghamshire College next month (February), to hear how a £6.5million learning centre – part-funded by the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership – can help supply them with skilled workforces.

The business breakfast at the College’s Derby Road campus, just off the A60 Nottingham Road, Mansfield (NG18 5BH), on Tuesday February 9, from 8am to 10am, will

update employers on the new Vision University Centre being built at the site, which is being part-funded by the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership.

The Centre – due to open in September (2016) and eventually take an extra 600 learners – will allow students to learn advanced vocational skills; as well as offering Higher National Certificates, Higher National Diplomas, foundation degrees and full-honours degrees, and professionally-certified qualifications including:

  • AAT (accountancy),
  • CIPD (personnel and development),
  • CIM (marketing)
  • CIPS (procurement and supply).

Many courses will run at evenings and weekends, so that small businesses do not need to release staff during the day, and for larger groups of students training can be delivered in the workplace. 

West Nottinghamshire College wants to build its courses offer around what employers need in their workforces, their ‘skills gaps’, which is why it is inviting local businesses to its breakfast event on February 9, to give their opinions.

D2N2 is providing £2.6m funding towards the £6.5m College centre. It is one of a number of projects the LEP is funding through its £192m Local Growth Fund allocation; aimed at providing vital infrastructure to enable economic growth in its area of Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

For more information about the West Nottinghamshire College free event and to book a place contact Tina Wakelin on 01623 627191 ext. 8377 or email:

D2N2 is also enhancing skills development and employability in its catchment through measures such as its recently launched Employability Framework, which will get volunteer business advisors working with schools to widen young people’s career ambitions.

One of 39 LEPs across England, D2N2 has a private sector-led Board of skills and training providers, businesses, local authorities, and voluntary and community organisations, and promotes economic growth and jobs creation across its area, with the target of creating 55,000 new jobs by 2023.

For more information on the work of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership’s work on skills, click below:

For more information on D2N2’s Local Growth Fund  click below:

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