Transport Manufacturing & Engineering funded workforce training in D2N2

free transport manufacturing & engineering sector training courses in d2n2

SKILLS Local - Supporting workforce development and business growth

SKILLS Local provides a ‘one-stop-shop’ for all your businesses skills and training needs in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

What can SKILLS Local do for your business?

    • Improve business productivity
    • Access funding for accredited training
    • Boost the efficiency and confidence of staff
    • Acquire new skills and qualifications
    • Support in growing your business
    • Support in identifying your training needs
    • Access a range of cash incentives
    • Sector events for sharing best practice
    • Skills to future proof your business
Our approach is tailored to meet the unique needs of your business and your people – one of our local experts will visit you to carry out a free consultation, after which they will develop a bespoke training plan designed to tackle skills gaps in your workforce.

Our training is flexible – it can be delivered direct to staff on your premises, at one of our local centres or wherever there’s access to the internet.

In addition, businesses can claim up to £1950 of incentives by simply training and providing progression for your employees*

Partner training providers


  • Qualitrain - funded engineering industry training courses
  • Qualitrain is a leading, Matrix-accredited training company on the Skills Funding Agency’s Register of Apprenticeship Training Providers. Its business is based in Derby and has a strong presence in the Midlands and throughout the UK. Its team is able to consult and advise within the manufacturing, warehousing, process and service sectors, and has especially valuable experience within rail, aerospace, automotive and warehousing/distribution.

    Its mission is to protect and develop the skills that are crucial to industry and to use training to help businesses to be more efficient and more competitive. Qualitrain is a specialist in engineering and lean manufacturing and is proud to support the SMEs of the D2N2 area.

What next?

Call 0345 5210066 now or fill in the form to arrange a callback. A member of our team will contact you directly or refer you to one of our fully funded engineering course training providers working in partnership with learndirect.

delivered in partnership with D2N2 LEP
delivered in partnership with d2n2 growth hub

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Transport Engineering and Manufacturing challenges*

  • Skills shortages are prevalent within the sector, with shortages in occupations such as engineering technicians, welding roles and production managers. Industry experience is also a key requirement for many employers in the sector, along with knowledge of machinery, and experience in sales and repair.
  • Technological change directly affects the skills required by the sector, with increasing requirements for higher levels of ICT skills, such as Computer Aided Design (CAD), and knowledge of specialist technologies.
  • The Engineering and Transport Equipment Manufacturing Sector is home to over 22,000 businesses in the D2N2 area.
  • Over 3,000 new rail engineering level 3 graduates (A level equivalent) are required just to maintain current skills levels. At least 7000 more level 4 advanced technicians will be required across the sector. HS2 will require 600 advanced rail engineering technicians (level 4-6+) each year from 2019 onwards.
* Source: D2N2 LEP

Skills Support for the Workforce

Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) is a new government funded workplace skills programme tailored to the needs of businesses in your area. learndirect is delivering this programme through our network of high quality training providers in the D2N2 area.

More about SKILLS local

SKILLS Local is a government funded initiative to support local businesses in the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire areas. It provides access to FREE skills training. SKILLS Local is delivered in partnership between learndirect, Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), D2N2 LEP and the European Social Fund (ESF).