News - 22 July 2015

Places still available on free D2N2 workshops on boosting productivity

Places are still available on a series of free workshops being held this month (July) – provided through the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership – designed to show businesses and training providers how they can get more from their investment in employment and skills by working together more closely.

With further cuts to public spending announced by Government, D2N2 – a partnership of business, local authorities, skills and training providers, and community and voluntary groups promoting economic growth in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire – is aiming to help businesses boost their productivity and workforce skills.

D2N2 has invested in running ‘Skills for a Productive Workforce’ workshops this month, for businesses and those providing skills training across its area. They cover key economic sectors.

Free workshops for the logistics and transport equipment manufacturing (pictured below) sectors have been held so far this week (July 20 and 22).

BombardierWorker (from 2014 AR)

Places are still available for workshop sessions on:

Tomorrow (Thursday July 23) –

*9.15am to 12.30pm – Skills for a Productive Workforce in the Life Sciences sector.


*1.15pm to 4.30pm – Skills for a Productive Workforce in the Food and Drink Manufacturing sector.

Both at MediCity on the Boots Enterprise Zone, Beeston, Nottingham (NG90 6BH).

Friday (July 24) –

*9.15am to 12.30pm – Skills for a Productive Workforce in the Construction sector.

At the University of Derby’s Enterprise Centre, 37 Bridge Street, Derby (DE1 3LA).

Monday July 27 –

*9.15am to 12.30pm -Skills for a Productive Workforce in the Creative and Digital Industries sector.


*1.15pm to 4.30pm – Skills for a Productive Workforce in the Visitor Economy sector.

Both at the Nottingham Conference Centre, Nottingham Trent University, Burton Street, Nottingham (NG1 4BU).

All bookings can be made online via the D2N2 LEP website at link

Sessions are free for businesses and training organisations to attend. They will each feature expert speakers from the different sectors, and have D2N2 staff on hand to offer help and information on where businesses can access further support, including financial.

The free D2N2 workshops will provide the opportunity to:

  • clarify the help available to and challenges for businesses in the D2N2 area;
  • hear about work already undertaken by D2N2 to ensure employment and training programmes delivered in its area better meet business needs;
  • learn about the support available for businesses and training providers, and how through working together they can make an even greater impact;
  • discuss how D2N2, and the businesses and training providers in its area, might influence how Government invests in employment and training programmes in future, to help deliver improved productivity among local workforces.

To book online to attend the free workshops go to the D2N2 LEP website Events page at

For media enquiries on this news release call D2N2 Communications Officer Sean Kirby on 01159 578749 or email: 

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