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Skills Made Easy

Do you need to add new skills within your business? Would you like to free up skilled staff to undertake other roles? Has your business got an aging workforce and do you want to plan for the future of your business?

By bringing energy, enthusiasm and new ideas, apprenticeships can boost your business and the Skills Made Easy programme can provide you with a tailored training package for your business needs or a service that recruits, sifts and selects appropriate candidates for you to interview.

To find out more about the service provided at no cost contact the Skills Made Easy Team on 0114 229 6183 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Skills Support for the Workforce

The programme aims to improve the skills of employees in small or medium sized businesses and is fully funded by the European Social Fund. Individuals can update their skills and knowledge whilst employers can plug their skills gaps at no extra costs.

To be eligible employees must be over 19 years old and have a contract of employment for a minimum of eight hours and for which they are paid, and employers must have no more than 250 employees and be located in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

Contact the programme free on 0808 100 3626 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for further details.

Employer Incentive

Apprenticeship Grants for Employers (AGE 16 to 24) – the programme has already helped thousands of employers to grow their business by employing an apprentice but time is running out, as the programme is closing at the end of December 2014.

The Grant for Employers aims to support businesses who would not be in a position to do so, to recruit individuals aged 16 to 24 into employment through the Apprenticeship programme. The National Apprenticeship Service will provide AGE 16 – 24 to eligible employers in respect of qualifying apprentices, with an individual value of £1.500 (upto a maximum of ten grants in total for the lifetime of the programme). To be eligible employers must have less than 1,000 employees, who are new to apprenticeships or haven’t enrolled a new recruit or existing employee onto an apprenticeship programme in the previous 12 months.

To discuss your eligibility or find out more about the programme contact the service on 08000 150 600 or visit their website.

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