The D2N2 Employability Framework

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D2N2 Employability SIX ASPIRATIONS for the next two years:

1. Every young person leaving school in D2N2 to aim to have at least 6 purposeful and impact measured employer interventions by the time they reach 16.

2. Every young person to have access to impartial, independent and personalised careers education which includes information and advice of the full range of opportunities available to them within their local community and across the Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire area.

3. Every secondary school to have access to a dedicated Employer Advisor who works with the school at a strategic level to help them to:

  • Develop a publicised Careers, Enterprise and Employability Policy.
  • Develop a careers, enterprise and employability action plan with clear targets and impact measures.
  • Align the organisation values and vision to the goals of the Framework.
  • Have a dedicated senior leader committed to employability with an allocation of resource and attention to Careers, Enterprise and Employability.
  • Have a Careers/employability co-ordinator with lead responsibility for careers, enterprise and employability.

4. Every secondary school to have a governor with oversight for monitoring and reviewing the impact and success of support to all students in relation to Careers, Enterprise and Employability.

5. Every secondary school and college to have access to up-to-date, user friendly labour market intelligence/information (LMI) specific to the D2N2 locality.

6. Every secondary school to commit to delivering the D2N2 Employability Framework.



The D2N2 area has one of the fastest growing and well balanced economies in the UK and there are real concerns about the supply of appropriately qualified employees to enable the local economy to sustain growth as was highlighted in the D2N2 Skills for Growth Strategy. We have long had high levels of youth unemployment locally and in the UK as a whole whilst many employers have voiced concerns about the employability skills and work readiness of young people leaving our schools, colleges and universities.

The D2N2 LEP have quite rightly put skills at the top of their agenda because without having a good supply of skilled people we will not be able to drive forward the economic prosperity that our two cities and counties deserve. The “employability skills” asked for by the eight priority sectors whose growth and development are essential to continue to drive economic growth of the D2N2 area are almost identical yet we still have a substantial mismatch between the employability skills of those young people leaving our schools and post-16 training programmes, regardless of whether they plan to go on to higher education or go directly into employment, and the skills being sought by employers.

For a successful local economy, businesses and schools/colleges need to work far more closely together – we need each other. I see a clear analogy between the way institutions and business should work together and how a supply chain works in manufacturing industry, where partnership working between companies in the supply chain ensures a win-win outcome.

The D2N2 Employability Framework provides the methodology by which we can significantly improve the employability and life skills of our young people regardless of academic ability or which career pathway they chose to take. Collectively schools, colleges, training providers, wealth creating companies, social enterprises and the public sector have a duty to ensure that we give our young people the best chances in gaining employment and at the same time addressing the skills needs of employers within our area.

The D2N2 Employability Framework Booklet



This Employability animation was made by Megan Byrne. Megan is 18 years old and currently working as a Social Media and Digital Marketing Apprentice for Derbyshire County Council. Megan is on a 16 month apprenticeship, which will finish in early 2017. Megan manages the social media platforms for YOUTHINC and creates digital content for use in online marketing campaigns. She is based at the Donut Creative Arts Studio (DCAS) in Chesterfield.

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