Stay Ahead is a project is funded by the European Social Fund and runs until September 2019. It will assist EMPLOYED individuals in the D2N2 areas to overcome barriers and increase their skills levels. There are various organisations involved in this programme including Futures, Nottingham City Council, Rushcliffe Borough Council, Trent Bridge Community Trust and Derby College.

The project priority areas include:

  • Construction
  • Creative & Digital Industries
  • Health & Social Care
  • Low Carbon
  • Transport Equipment Manufacturing

For the Low Carbon and Renewable Energy Sector, the project offers training related to low carbon electricity and heat products; energy generation from biomass, energy-efficient products, low emission vehicles and more.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for support through StayAhead your business must be located in the D2N2 area, and be categorised as a small to medium-sized employer (SME).
SMEs have:
• fewer than 250 employees
• no more than 25% of the enterprise is owned by an organisation that in itself is not an SME
• an annual turnover that does not exceed €50 million
• an annual balance sheet that does not exceed €43 million

Sole traders and micro businesses are classed as SMEs.
The business must operate in one of the five priority key sectors:
Construction, Creative & Digital Industries, Health & Social Care,
Low Carbon and Transport Equipment Manufacturing.

Wherever you are based in the D2N2 area, you can find out more about StayAhead by contacting