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Reskill and Recover

Upskilling and reskilling employees for future and emerging markets, post-pandemic and post-Brexit.

The Reskill and Recover project

The Reskill and Recover project aims to upskill and reskill employees of D2N2 SMEs to ensure businesses have the skills needed to access future and emerging markets, post-pandemic and post-Brexit.

Offering the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills and at varying levels, these short-courses provide the perfect first-step into a range of pathways including apprenticeships, professional qualifications and accredited or non-accredited courses.

All courses are available to employees of SMEs based in the D2N2 area (Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire), but we particularly aim to support employees who are aged 50+, employees with disabilities, Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff, and those who have previously missed traditional educational opportunities.


Industry skills

Learn industry skills such as customer service, warehousing and storage as well as retail and sales. Or, develop your leadership and communication skills, to support your own professional development.

Mathematics skills

Across these courses you’ll gain confidence working with a range of maths skills such as measurement, shape, percentages, capacity and ratio. You will also learn how to collect and organise data as well as understand mean, range and probability.

English skills

You will improve your reading, writing and speaking and listening skills as well as take part in discussions. You will extend your vocabulary and be more confident in use of grammar, punctuation and spelling as well as planning and organising writing.


Course fees

This project is part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) so all course are free, subject to eligibility.


Course delivery

Courses can be delivered online, in college or at employer venues. All learners will have access to appropriate support. If your employee requires additional learning support, please speak to our team.


Course levels explained

With units varying in study-level, the table provides demonstrates how learners can progress onto additional courses or further study through the units offered by the Reskill and Recover programme.

  • Entry Level

    Options for students who need support to progress with their learning.

    • Pre-entry
    • Entry Level 1-3
  • Level 1
    • GCSE grades 1-3 (D-G)
    • NVQ
    • Traineeships
    • Various diplomas and certificates
  • Level 2
    • GCSE grades 4-9 (A*-C)
    • NVQ
    • Intermediate apprenticeship
    • Various diplomas and certificates
  • Level 3
    • A Level
    • T Level
    • Advanced apprenticeship
    • Extended Diploma
    • Access to HE Diploma
    • NVQ
    • Various diplomas and certificates
  • Level 4
    • First year at university
    • Higher National Certificate (HNC)
    • NVQ
    • Higher apprenticeship
    • Various professional diplomas and certificates
  • Level 5
    • Second year at university
    • Foundation Degree
    • Higher National Diploma (HND)
    • NVQ
    • Degree apprenticeship
    • Various professional diplomas and certificates
  • Level 6
    • Bachelor's Degree
    • Graduate Certificate
    • Graduation Diploma
    • NVQ
    • Degree apprenticeship
    • Various professional diplomas and certificates
  • Level 7
    • Master's Degree
    • Postgraduate Diploma
    • Postgraduate Certificate
    • Degree apprenticeship
    • Various professional diplomas and certificates
  • Level 8
    • Doctorates
    • Advanced professional diplomas and certificates

Eligibility and equal opportunities

These courses are only available to employees of SMEs based in the D2N2 area (Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire).

SMEs are defined as having:

  • Less than 250 employees
  • An annual turnover under EUR 50 million
  • OR an annual balance sheet less than EUR 43 million.

Although the courses are open to all people working in eligible SMEs, we aim to support:

  • Employees aged 50+
  • Employees with disabilities
  • Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff
  • Those who have previously missed out on traditional education opportunities.

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