The StayAhead Project provides free support to SME’s to access high quality innovative in-working training solutions for their existing workforce. Training increases skills within the workforce and can help businesses benefit from improved productivity, competitiveness and workforce retention.

The project will enable SME’s to:

  • Undertake a skills based needs assessments
  • Identify current skills gaps and opportunities for skills growth within the workforce
  • Identify a suitable training provider that will deliver level 2 and level 3 training for employees (including basic skills where needed)
  • Access StayAhead Training Incentives to offset training costs

StayAhead provides a 40% financial contribution to the cost of up-skilling existing employees up to the value of £2500.

Eligible employers must be SMEs located within the D2N2 area (Derbyshire, Derby, Nottinghamshire and Nottingham), operating within one of the five priorities key sectors: Construction, Creative & Digital Industries, Health & Social Care, Low Carbon and Transport Equipment Manufacturing.

The StayAhead Project is part-financed by Rushcliffe Borough Council and the European Union through the European Social Fund (ESF).

If you are interested in the project or would like more information please contact Mark Clifford on : 07966 363 498 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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