Reskill and Recover

Reskill and Recover is an initiative designed to help participants, from small and medium-sized businesses in the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire areas, improve business skills, efficiency and growth. Join one of our fully funded courses to increase your productivity. 

European Union Social Fund in Partnership with the Department for work and pensions

Reskill and Recover offers fully-funded courses, meaning it is available without any cost to participants. This is possible thanks to funding from the European Social Fund and our delivery partners, which include the University of Derby, Nottingham Trent University, Derby College, Nottingham College, East Midlands Chamber of Commerce, Enable, and the Workers’ Educational Association.

The programme aims to help participants learn about growth and productivity especially following the challenges of the past few years.

Who is Reskill and Recover for?

The Reskill and Recover programme is for anyone wishing to learn how to improve their productivity skills.

How will I learn?

All the modules in the programme are stand-alone and participants can choose the areas they’d like to focus on and will gain a Certificate of Completion for each module completed.

Participants are also offered a blended learning approach through online and in-person teaching. To find out more, please email

Claire Zwozny-Bestwick

It's fantastic having access to fully funded support that helps me to improve my knowledge and learn new skills, so that I can develop CRZyBest as a sustainable and thriving business in this ever-changing and challenging landscape.

Claire Zwozny-Bestwick

What you can learn

Reskill and Recover aims to help participants upskill by learning about productivity, growth and efficiency. The fully-funded courses will cover:

Financial management helps a participant to determine what money their business needs to spend as well as where and when it should be spent. It also gives employees an overall view of the financial status of the business, helping to determine business strategy and direction.


  • 6 December - 9:15 am - 12:45 pm

In this unit, you will cover

  • An introduction to financial management and consideration of the difference between financial accounting and management accounting, key financial statements and understanding how to make sense of them
  • Discover the difference between maximising profit and building wealth/value in an organisation - how to be responsible
  • Explore pricing strategies and how we must understand our cost base and how costs behave to ensure that we maintain profitability and sustain our operation
  • Examine the importance of cash flow management. We will consider the use of financial ratios to see how the financial statements can be pulled together to provide insights into our performance that are otherwise less visible to us
  • Look at the importance of developing our understanding of problem-solving, cause-and-effect analysis and the fusion of financial and non-financial information
  • Review a number of strategic management accounting techniques that pull together all the threads that will drive the opportunity to help with making our businesses sustainable and profitable

How do you prepare for a difficult conversation that is going to be challenging and tough?

Ask most people how they feel about tackling difficult conversations, and at least 90% of them will feel intensely uncomfortable, recalling a previous time when they had to deal with one. These situations happen frequently, but dealing with them is something that leaves most of us cold at the prospect.

Avoiding challenging discussions can make situations worse causing further issues by eroding trust and damaging relationships.


  • 12 December - 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

In this unit, you will cover:

  • How to prepare for difficult conversations
  • How to build confidence as you learn key tools and strategies to navigate more challenging communications
  • How to communicate positively 
  • How to build relationships 
  • How to become effective in managing, tough and difficult conversations

Applying the workshop insights will:

  • Increase your well-being
  • Earn the trust and respect from those you work with
  • Improve your relationships
  • Enrich the overall atmosphere and productivity of your organisation

Managing difficult conversations training will equip your team, leaders and managers with the skills they require to handle a variety of difficult conversations with confidence. 

This workshop is a must for anyone using social media for business. Aimed at beginner and intermediate levels, the session will give you a better understanding of how LinkedIn works and its algorithm, how to maximise exposure for your content, and how to enhance and optimise your profile on LinkedIn and build your personal brand. This session will allow you time to implement some of the techniques as well as provide plenty of opportunities to ask questions. 


  • 5 December - 09:30 am - 12:00 pm

In this unit, you will cover

  • Understanding LinkedIn as a promotional platform
  • Enhancing and managing your personal and business profile
  • Growing and managing your contacts
  • Sharing valuable content and increasing engagement
  • Generating leads 

How much does it cost?

The courses offered are fully-funded meaning there is no cost to participants, and you can enrol as many team members as you like. The Reskill and Recover project is part-funded by the European Social Fund. 

Am I eligible?

This brand-new programme is available to employees in all eligible small and medium enterprises across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire (D2N2 region) from start-ups to those more established and looking to up-skill. Alternatively, you could be self-employed and registered as a sole trader within the D2N2 region.


Register your interest

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