Skills Support for the Unemployed (sector based initiatives)

ESF programme helps adults into opportunities across key local sectors 

The Skills Support for the Unemployed Programme is managed by Derby Business College Training.

Throughout the life of the project, 240 unemployed 16+ year olds will be supported with education and training that helps them to enter into sustained employment across LLEP area key employment sectors.

Working with people on an individual basis or in groups, all support is tailored to the needs of individuals and businesses in the local area.

The programme activities to help people into work, education and apprenticeships include:

·         Help to identify and address the barriers individuals face in moving into work such as confidence

·         Support with work experience

·         Support with basic skills

·         Support with job-related and  job seeking skills

·         Individuals will gain qualifications, training and support to get a job.

Case Study

The programme recently helped a local adult to move into sustained employment.

Derby Business College met a learner at the Charles Street Job Centre on the 1st March 2017, whilst promoting their SSU (Skills for the Unemployed) Business Administration/Retail programmes to potential learners.

Derby Business College told us, “This learner was a very jolly soul with hidden barriers, which were disclosed during her initial assessments. Having left an abusive relationship, fleeing with her children, she had not been allowed to study for any qualifications, so felt that she would struggle around people and her confidence was at an all-time low. This learner confided in the staff and also in the ladies who were with her in the centre during her study times.”

“Over time, her confidence grew and grew, as she gained new skills and was 100% committed to her training and course. We would regularly meet to discuss progression routes as she had her heart set on finding a part time position to enable her to work around her children’s needs. With hard work and determination she completed and achieved Level 1 Employability with a lot of emphasis on interview preparation and participation and Level 1 Award in Business Administration and Retail.”

“Immediately after completing her course, she gained sustained employment with Bet-Fred, she flew through the interviews and her confidence has gone onto new levels.”


To find out more, or to refer clients to the project contact DBC Training or call: 01332 295588

The project ends in March 2019.