People & Skills


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

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 in the shared pursuit of inspiring young people about their future career options and personal potential.

To deliver this activity, D2N2 operates the Enterprise Adviser Network which links schools to local employers for the benefit of young people across the region as well as the Give an Hour Campaign and Cornerstone Employer scheme. 

D2N2 also works with providers to encourage take-up of Apprenticeships.


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

For more information on the People & Skills portion of D2N2's operations, please contact our Head of People & Skills, Rachel Quinn.

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