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In line with Vision 2030, D2N2 has two key skills priorities intended to help power up our local economy by addressing the skills gap evident in our region.

Inclusive Recruitment

Currently, our region is experiencing very strong levels of employment and, as more jobs are added to the local economy, Labour Market Intelligence tells us that employers are struggling to recruit the skills they need from traditional recruitment methods.

Simultaneously, our region has a population of those with multiple and complex needs who wish to work and have the skills employers require but face barriers to employment when traditional recruitment methods are used by employers.

At D2N2, we believe that anyone who wants to work should have the opportunity to do so, therefore our focus is on breaking down those barriers to work people with multiple and complex needs currently face. To do this we encourage businesses to recruit inclusively.

Furthermore, in order to meet the increasing demands of a changing business environment, D2N2 works with partners to encourage employers to improve the skills of their employees in order to increase productivity.


Inspiring our future workforce

Just as important as our current workforce is our future one. D2N2 works with secondary schools and further education colleges to support the local careers strategy and young people to make their best next step.

To deliver this, D2N2 LEP operates the D2N2 Careers Hub which links schools to local employers for the benefit of young people across the region as well as the Give an Hour Campaign, Enterprise Adviser and Cornerstone Employer scheme, part of a national programme led by the Careers & Enterprise Company and funded by the Department of Education.

Labour Market Intelligence

Labour Market Intelligence (LMI) is data taken directly from employers to reveal what skills are most in-demand in the workplace, which occupations are becoming less in demand, the overall condition of the workplace, and other vital information.



The People & Skills element of the Strategic Economic Plan is overseen by the People & SkillsĀ Board and also acts as the Skills Advisory Panel for the region.


Explore our People & Skills Projects


People & Skills Research Commissioned by D2N2

Championing Careers Derby (Executive Report) - February 2020

Championing Careers Derby (Full Report) - February 2020

Skills Mismatch in D2N2 - June 2017

D2N2 Provider Charter

For more information on the People & Skills portion of D2N2’s operations, please contact our Head of People & Skills, Fiona Baker.

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