21/12/2021   Happy Xmas to all Compact members

Festive greetings to all public service organisations who are engaging with the Compact to facilitate partnership working so that we can collaboratively address issues around the workforce development agenda that are of common concern and / or interest. For those in the D2N2 area the first Steering Group meeting of 2022 is on Tuesday 11th Jan at 10.00 email for more details.

03/12/2021   Steering Group Meeting Jan 11th 2022 - be there !!

At the first Steering Group meeting of 2022 it has been decided that non member organisations can attend (to see what is on offer) but only Compact members will decide the Action Plan for 2022. Book a place now by emailing Chris Donkin via 

02/12/2021   A new look D2N2 Compact for 2022 !!

Chris Donkin has returned as facilitator and the 'new look' D2N2 Compact will hold the first Steering Group meeting of 2022 on Tuesday 11th Jan at 10.00 am via Teams. Contact Chris via to book a place

15/03/2021   Coming soon - Next Compact meeting

The next D2N2 Compact meeting looks like it will be packed with insights and updates for our members.

If you haven't renewed there's still time!

Contact Linda Samuel if you want to know how to join the compact for 2021/22. 

01/01/2021   Happy New Year to all in the Compact network

Happy New Year everyone. 2021 is going to be a very different year for the Compacts. Lots more activity planned to support members through the impact of Covid and we have two new Facilitators to support the work. Welcome Linda Samuel and Nikki Hufton who take the reigns from Sian Cattell for the D2N2 Compact. 

07/12/2019   Pics from the D2N2 PS AotY Awards now available

Some wonderful photos from the D2N2 Public Service Apprentice of the Year Awards are now available on this site for download. To go straight to the pics click this link

30/11/2019   Initial feedback from the D2N2 PSC AotY Awards

Here is Lydia receiving her certificate of nomination at work at Nottinghamshire County Council ... click this link !


27/11/2019   D2N2 App of the Year event is this Friday!

Only two days to go until our biggest day of the year in the D2N2 PS Compact. Our 'Public Service Apprentice of the Year' award ceremony will be held in Mapperley this Friday morning as part of our Celebrating Apprenticeships event. For a sneak preview of the delegate pack goto the Resources section on the D2N2 page and then to 2019 events

06/11/2019   ESF Health and Social Care funding available

We have received news of this opportunity from Nigel Jackson of Nottingham City Council. He writes: " The Council is trying to put together a partnership to bid for the £1.8M ESF H&SC funding to support more people into jobs and training in the sector" for more details emai Nigel via and to see the spec click

24/10/2019   Latest info on T levels and industry placements

D2N2 PS Compact Steering Group Co-Chair Tania Hay has kindly sent through T Level slides that the ESFA presented at the Local Authority Forum (inc info on industry placements). This key presenation can be accessed in the 'Resources 2019' section on the D2N2 page or directly via this link

12/10/2019   The minutes from the D2N2 PSC SG Sept meeting now available

The minutes of the D2N2 Compact Sept Steering Group meeting are now available for download from the 'minutes' tab on the D2N2 page 

27/09/2019   Joined up CAREers have a new web site

Susan Spray of Joined Up CAREers writes:

This new webpage provides information and resources to our current and future workforce which is targeted towards education providers, employers, students and those looking to start or develop their careers in health and social care.  The new webpage provides additional resources and tools to support system wide workforce initiatives which are accessible to all.  With our current Derby and Derbyshire vacancies held in one central place and further plans to support employers and students with accessing work experiences, this is an exciting development for Joined up Careers and all our partners. Click 

26/09/2019   T levels update !

At the Lincs Compact Apprenticeships event last week Bev Moxon's presentation included info on T levels. Since the event Bev has sent through a concise information sheet on T levels. This can be downloaded from the Resources (then Events 2019) section on the Lincs page or directly via this link many thanks to Bev for supplying this information

23/09/2019   Two Steering Group meetings tomorrow!

Both Compacts will be holding their quarterly Steering Group meetings tomorrow ! Lincs in the morning in Sleaford and D2N2 in the afternoon in Long Eaton. It is not too late to get involved. Interested ? Contact facilitator Chris Donkin via 

13/09/2019   The D2N2 SG to meet in Long Eaton

The next Steering Group meeting for the D2N2 Compact on the 24th September will be hosted by Prostart in Long Eaton ! If you have not booked in to attend yet then email Facilitator Chris Donkin via 

02/09/2019   Making 20% off the job work - A webinar on Sept 25

Here is an opportunity presented by our friends at Pearsons

Join us for our free apprenticeship webinar in partnership with Pearson

Wednesday 25th September 2019 from 11:00 am-12:00 pm


20% off-the-job training requirement continues to be a hot topic for debate. But with the levy now in place for over two years:

  • How have employers implemented this requirement in different sectors and across various standards?
  • What impact have some of these approaches had to-date and are there better ways to implement this key requirement?
  • If employers had an opportunity to change this requirement, what advice would they give to policy makers?

Hear our panel of employers share their experiences and insights on this and more.

Chaired by Rohini Bhattacharya, Director of Apprenticeships at Pearson, the employer panel includes:

  • Claire Lish, Director of HR, Pepper UK
  • Darren Avery, Apprenticeship Lead, Great Ormond Street Hospital
  • Dave Bevan, Training & Development Specialist, Blue Chip



02/08/2019   Joined up CAREers in Derbyshire!

 What we do

Joined up Careers Derbyshire works in partnership with health organisations and local authorities to support the current and future workforce in system wide initiatives including workforce development, recruitment and retention as well as promoting career and employment opportunities throughout the city and county.

We play an active role within schools and colleges, workplaces, and the wider community, promoting all that is best about working in health and social care.  For young people we offer enrichment workshops (practical, interactive sessions that complement the health and social care curriculum), mock interviews (helping prepare students for the world of work), and one-to-one careers coaching.  We also deliver workshops in specialist areas such as values, maths in a care setting, first aid, safeguarding, and dementia to students. In the last six months, more than 20 careers events and job fairs have been held attracting 14,000 people.

 We work with private, voluntary and independent organisations to provide tailored support on workforce priorities, including targeted recruitment campaigns, sharing best practice, and identifying opportunities for workforce development.

 In conjunction with the D2 Local Economic Partnership, Joined up Careers offers a system-wide approach to inclusive recruitment and support for social mobility.  We have teamed up with Job Centre Plus and the Department for Work and Pensions to run ‘sector based work academies’ providing work placements, training and employment opportunities for jobseekers.

 In September 2018 we launched an innovative integrated health and social care apprenticeship pilot. This programme is offering individuals a 15-month rotational apprenticeship scheme across health and social care organisations, including primary care and private and voluntary organisations. Apprentices receive on-the-job training and will qualify for a care certificate and level two apprenticeship in health and social care.

 To support the Derbyshire ‘Model of Care’ and the new NHS Long Term Plan, Joined up Careers Derbyshire is working with local organisations to re-design care aimed at developing fully integrated, community-based care across the city and county. We are working with key stakeholders to support integrated ‘place’ teams to create new roles which will reduce pressure on hospital services and boost out-of-hospital care.

 Who we are


Susan Spray

Programme Lead

Abi Ingram

Programme Support Officer

Hazel Jones

Senior Project Officer - PVI

Sonja Longdon

PVI Independent Support

Rebecca Mosley

Support Staff Fellow

Find out more

 Visit our webpage: or telephone us: 01629 532415



31/07/2019   Apprenticeship Funding Update event in York

A few places remain available for my Essential update – apprenticeship funding and contracting for 2019/20 training day.

> 7th August York - click here for more information and to secure places


For beginners and experts in apprenticeship funding, this workshop will focus on all the important features of funding and contracting for starts in 2019/20.

Very practical training with lots of worked examples (for providers accessing levy credit and non-levy funding).

Delegates will also receive a copy of my updated Apprenticeship Funding Calculator (2019/20 edition), which helps profile starts from 1 August 2019.

So join me, author of the Complete Guide to Funding Apprenticeships, for this technical and in depth practical workshop.

Register now as this workshop is likely to quickly sell-out

10.00 Registration

10.30 Apprenticeship funding rules 2019/20 – the key features, changes, additions and ‘clarifications’

11.50 Break for refreshments

12.05 Profiling framework and standard starts in 2019/20 (levy or non-levy) – how to use my calculator or create your own

13.00 Break for lunch

13.50 ILR apprenticeship data collection changes for 2019/20 and future ESFA plans for the Apprenticeship System

14:50 Key tips for ESFA audit and Ofsted inspection in 2019/20 – both agencies are beefing up their apprenticeship oversight

15.30 Workshop end

Staff with an interest in funding will benefit, such as from:
– Independent learning providers
– Further education colleges
– Employer providers
– Universities and other HEI’s delivering apprenticeships
– Local authorities delivering apprenticeships

Places are expected to go fast, so register now to avoid disappointment. The fee is £295+ VAT per delegate (no limit per organisation).

FE Week gold members will receive £50 off the cost of this event (gold membership must be in the delegates name). Find out more about FE Week gold membership here.



P.S. Places remain available for my AEB funding update session on 8 August. Click here to find out more.

07/07/2019   Alex Norris MP confirmed to present at D2N2 PS Apprentice of the Year awards

The MP for Nottingham North (Alex Norris) has confirmed that he will be presenting the prizes at the D2N2 Public Service Apprentice of the Year Awards event on the 29th November. Keep visiting this page for more details about this event as they are firmed up.

10/06/2019   Recruiting Talent 2019 at The Roundhouse Derby FREE

A major FREE event is being supported by a number of our member orgs and will be staged at The Roundhouse on the 19th July entitled 'Recruiting Talent' 2019. To book a place (and to see more info) click this link

02/06/2019   D2N2 Steering Group meeting this Tuesday promises to be busy!

A very busy (and potentially very productive) D2N2 Compact Steering Group meeting is planned for this Tuesday (4th). Loads of interesting stuff to be disseminated and discussed. See the minutes section on the D2N2 page for a sneak preview of the attendee pack.

25/05/2019   Feedback from the D2N2 Careers and Skills events

Leading careers and skills professionals attended two D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership events in May in Derbyshire (May 8th) and Nottinghamshire (May 9th).

Delegates attended the events to hear about the importance of a highly skilled workforce to the area’s economic prosperity, and how this can be fostered through stronger links between employers and skills and training providers.

Please click this link for presentations from the two D2N2 LEP Careers Strategy Showcase events

The pres you might find most use is the D2N2 pres advising joining up the skills and employment agendas

12/05/2019   Networking events in Lincs and D2N2 !

The Compacts are holding two 'speed dating' events allowing members to network to explore possible future partnerhip working arrangements. For Lincs members the date is (am) Thur 23rd May at Riseholme. For D2N2 members the date is Thursday June 13th (am) in Nottingham. Interested? For more details contact the Compact Facilitator via 

05/05/2019   Jobs Vacancies page for Compact members now available

We now have a Jobs page on our web site! With one click you can see what jobs are available from our member organisations. Click the new Job vacancies tab on the front page.

17/04/2019   Future Leaders of Nottingham 2019

Applications are now open for the Future Leaders of Nottingham professional development programme, which aims to make leadership in Nottinghamshire more diverse and representative by creating a network of talented people who inspire others and drive change.

We are looking for people who are ambitious, want to progress their career and who champion diversity. We’re especially keen to receive applications from people who are Black, Asian, or other minority ethnicities, people living with a disability, and people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or other minority gender and sexual identities.

We offer a sliding scale of fees to allow all organisations to invest in the professional development of their staff. To find out more and to download an application pack, visit: or email

Closing date for applications: Friday 31 May 2019

11/04/2019   Apprenticeships - more myths busted!

On this site we have created a 'myth busting folder'. Go to the Resources 2019 folder on the D2N2 page for our myth busting resources! Today I have received more 'busted myths' relating to off-the-job training reuirements. See the pdf files in the 'myth busting folder'. Thanks to Tania Hay of Derby City Council for flagging these.

09/04/2019   Apprenticeship Myths Busted !

There are loads of 'urban myths' around Apprenticeships - e.g. only for young people, only for those who did not get on well at school, you have to spend all your free time studying etc etc. On this site we have created a 'myth busting folder'. Go to the Resources 2019 folder on the D2N2 page to download the myth busting resources! (Thanks to Michelle Place of the NHS for sending the materials)

03/04/2019   D2N2 Health and Social Care On Line Handbook

The excellent D2N2 Health and Social Care On Line Handbook (a practical guide for employers and individuals seeking employment in the sector) has been provided by our colleagues at D2N2 (thanks to Rachel Quinn). To download the Guide see the 'Resources 2019' folder in the Resources section on the D2N2 page of this web site.

02/04/2019   'Off the Job' training guidance for Apprenticeships

The Department for Education has produced a very useful 42 page guidance booklet for clarification of 'off the job' training that will help both training providers and employers. It is available from this web site via this link Many thanks to Lincs Compact stalwart Pauline Mould of Grantham College for supplying this.

29/03/2019   Circle of Wellbeing Guide from LPFT available for download

An execllent way to rate your well being has been provided by our colleagues at Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Trust (thanks to Sam Tate). To see the 'circle of well being' and to find out your well being score download the guide from the 'Resources 2019' folder in the Resources section on the Lincs page of this web site.

18/03/2019   E-ver of the delegate packs for the 'Retention' events now available!

Later this week both Compacts will be staging separate good practice events - both enttitled 'Retaining people in public service jobs'. If you can't wait then you can pick up an e-copy of the delegate packs by going to the resources sections on the D2N2 and Lincs pages respectively.

17/03/2019   NUH Careers Open Day on the 27th April

Nottingham University Hospitals are holding an open day at City Hospital on Saturday the 27th April. For more information and to download a flyer for the event click this link 

15/03/2019   Nottingham College staging an Apprenticeships Open Evening

Invite to help us fire it up this April at our dedicated ApprenticeshipOpen Evening.

At Nottingham College we passionately believe in the real long-term benefits that apprenticeships can bring to employers of all shapes and sizes, and the purpose of this event is to reinvigorate the view of apprenticeships in the eyes of the public.

 As a valued local employer we would be delighted if you could join us and other local employers in supporting the event.

 It is anticipated that around 300 students/parents will be attending the event and we would like to invite you to have a stand, with the option of giving a brief talk as part of our presentations, or alternatively you are welcome to network with other apprenticeship employers.

 The event will be held at our Basford campus on Wednesday 3 April between 4.30-7.00pm.

To express your interest in joining us at the event please email

04/03/2019   Jobs Vacancies page for D2N2 in development

The D2N2 Public Service Compact are collating all vacancies in the sector in the area onto one page! Click here to access a vast variety of full time job and Apprenticeship vacancies 

15/02/2019   D2N2 Apps Working Group minutes now available

The minutes from the D2N2 PS Compact Apprenticeships Working Group meeting held on January the 29th are now available for download. To access the minutes and the papers go to the 'minutes' section on the D2N2 page.

05/02/2019   Apprenticeships Levy Transfer Event 22nd Feb Nottm

Derby City Council, Nottingham City Council and Leicester City Council would like to invite you to  an ‘Apprenticeship Levy Transfers in the Public Sector’ Event on 22nd February 2019, from 10.00am to 4.00pm at Nottingham City Council, Loxley House, Nottingham NG2 2BG.


The event has been put together to  hear how councils’ who have started to transfer their levy have gone about it and share best practice in spending our levy with the supply chain/SME's to create opportunities within the most disadvantaged communities in our areas.  


In addition we will discuss how we could collectively lobby the ESFA to make the transfer process easier and future flexibilities which would quicker and easier spend. A senior officer from the ESFA will be attending to answer questions and provide clarity. The event is aimed at HR/OD and Economic Development Teams within the local authorities working on spending the levy.


There will be an opportunity to share with colleagues your experience of the levy to date and  round table discussions on making the transfer process easier and future flexibilities we would like to see with the levy. We would welcome your input into the day and if you have any areas for discussion under agenda item 9 please forward them on.


We have confirmed attendance from the ESFA and the Local Government Association



01/02/2019   A new guide for Supporting Young Apprentices

The National Apprenticeship Service working with the Learning and Work Institute have produced an excelllent guidance doc for employers to help support young Apprentices. The doc can be downloaded from this web site directly by clicking this link Many thanks to Mark Rowe of the TUC for sending this through.

16/01/2019   Sector Skills Workshop - Health and Soc Care Nottm 25th Feb

From Marie Read (contact Marie on to book a place)

You may be aware that I joined the Employment & Skills Team recently picking up the work previously being undertaken by Owen Harvey and Nicola Stevens, in connection with the EU funded MoveAhead/StayAhead projects.  Detailed desk based research was undertaken earlier this year highlighting the skills needs for health and social care sector and creating a sector skills plan, and I would like to share these findings with you, gather your feedback and look at what action we can take by working together.


To enable this I would like to invite you to a Health & Social Care Sector Skills Workshop, where the aim will be to work together to identify how we can get people to access the right skills training both at entry level and those requiring up-skilling who are already working within the sector.  There is funding available to do this for SME’s through the EU MoveAhead/StayAhead funding which Nottingham City Council are the lead.  It would be great for as many as possible to maximise this opportunity!  Involvement and participation of employers within the sector is key and gets them involved directly with us, giving a voice in the development of a Health & Social Care Talent Academy.


It may be that you have a key link within a care organisation, including GP surgeries within the D2N2 geography that may wish to be involved.  Other representatives invited will include the  MoveAhead/StayAhead Partners, Training Providers (NTU, UoN, Nottingham College), Nottingham Futures, and the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership.  Please let me know of any employers you think would be willing to engage with us on this project and I will extend the invite, making sure the room I have booked is of sufficient capacity.


My aim will also be to inform how I can support the access to resource and funding to help us achieve our aims in skills growth.


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all!  Those of you, who I have not met, I look forward to working with you in 2019.


Kindest regards



Marie Read

Skills Growth Manager

09/01/2019   D2N2 Action Plan for 2019 and Annual Report for 2018 now available

The Action Plan for 2019 and the final version of the Annual Report for 2018 have now been signed off by the Co-Chairs of the D2N2 Compact Steering Group. To download copies of these key documents go to theResources section (folder Resources 2019) on the D2N2 page

01/01/2019   Happy New Year to all in the Compact network

Happy New Year from the Compact facilitator. 2018 was a great year for both Compacts. The membership numbers reached record highs and we staged our first 'Apprentice of the Year' awards events. 2019 is going to be even better. Keep visiting this site and get involved!

28/12/2018   The minutes from the D2N2 PSC SG Dec meeting now available

The minutes from the D2N2 Compact Dec 2018 Steering Group meeting (and all other papers discussed at the meeting) are now available from the 'Minutes' section on the D2N2 page.

21/12/2018   Summit Up North! A Conference for our school partners

Derbyshire County Council wishes you a happy and peaceful holiday period. We would like to take this opportunity to share with you an event that may support you and your education establishment over the coming year.
Early Bird Offer
Summit Up North Conference
6th & 7th February 2019
Mercure Sheffield St Paul’s Hotel & Spa S1 2JE
Target Audience: MAT CEOs, Schools and System Leaders, Headteachers and Governors.
This Summit aims to provide you with practical resources and tools which can have an immediate impact in your school.
Attendees will receive resources to take away and use from the School Bus, iAbacus and BaseCamp, including extended free trials and policies to enable them to create time and capacity in their school and all within the context of high quality provision. 
Over the two days, there will be quality time for networking and sharing of good practice, bringing together national figures, industry experts and exhibitors who can help generate income.
Keynote Speakers and Workshops:
Sir David Carter – National Schools Commissioner from 1st February 2016 to 31st August 2018, having previously worked as Regional Schools Commissioner for the South West- @Carter6D
Steve MacKenzie – Director – Education at Apple Ltd – Raising the bar for education through technology.
James Pembroke - Data Analyst and Advisor with 10 years’ experience in primary, secondary and post-16 sectors. Helping schools make sense of their data - @jpembroke
Early Bird Offer for the 2 Day Summit
This includes a drinks reception in the Winter Gardens, followed by a 3 course evening meal and live entertainment.
£349 until 11th January 2019 - £399 standard fee thereafter.
Register before 8th January 2019 and be entered into a prize draw provided by Apple Education.
For further information and to book, visit
For multiple or small school bookings, please contact us directly on 01629 532079 or 01629 532856 and ask for Audrey or Marina.
Organised and produced in partnership with The Learners’ Trust   @SummitUpNorth


16/12/2018   Useful Apprenticeship resources for Employers and Training Providers

HASO – Facilitated by Skills for Health, there are a wealth of really useful documents in the toolkit to support employers implement apprenticeships.  Aimed at the health sector, but most resources will work for any employer.

 Amazing Apprenticeships – a government website designed to support schools with information and resources

 Brathay Apprentice Challenge – An idea to put forward a D2N2 apprentice team.  It would be great to raise the profile and get cross-public sector organisational working.  Interestingly, Nottingham City Homes were the 2017 runners up – perhaps they could come and give a talk, with tips on how to succeed?

21/11/2018   Pics from the Apprenticeships Conference now available

There are some truly magnificent photos from the D2N2 PS Apprenticeships Conference available for download from this site - over 100 of them! To browse go to Resources on the D2N2 page then 'Events 2018' and then 'Apps Conference'. Many thanks to Sam Hufton of Precise HR for the photography.

16/11/2018   What a Conference that was !!

On Monday the D2N2 PS Compact staged its most ambitious event yet. The Public Service Apprenticeships Conference at the Nottingham Conference Centre attracted 150 people and has been adjudged to be a rip-roaring success! Delegate feedback is overwhelmingly positive and the celebrated Apprentices and the employer reps all found the event rewarding and useful. Congratulations again to our 'Apprentices of the Year' Ketan Pearce of Mansfield District Council and Harbinder Singh Johal of Enable. More feedback (and some pics!) soon.

11/11/2018   One day to go before the Big Conference!

Tomorrow in Nottingham the D2N2 Compact will host its first annual Apprenticeships Conference. 150 delegates are booked in. It promises to be a special occasion!

03/11/2018   D2N2 Apps Working Group minutes now available

The minutes from the Oct 2018 D2N2 PS Compact Apprenticeships Working Group meeting are now available for reference and download from the minutes section on the D2N2 page.

18/10/2018   Nominations now closed for Public Service Apprentice of the Year Awards

Nominations have now closed for the 'Public Sector Apprentice of the Year Awards' in both Lincs and in the D2N2 area. A massive 30 nominations were received in Lincs and incredibly a humungous 52 applications received in D2N2. Good luck to all those who have been nominated. The award ceremonies will take place in November.

10/10/2018   Last chance to nominate the PS Apprentice of the Year

In November both the D2N2 Compact and the Lincs Compact will be presenting their 'Apprentice of the Year' awards. Nominations for both Compacts close this Friday (12th Oct). If you are quick ou can still nominate an Apprentice colleague via the on-line submission link 

09/10/2018   Minutes of D2N2 Compact SG meeting now available

Minutes from the Sept 2018 D2N2 PS Compact Steering Group meeting are now available for download from the Minutes section on the D2N2 Page

09/09/2018   Minutes of Aug D2N2 Compact Apprentices Working Group meeting now available

The minutes from the recent D2N2 PS Compact Apprenticeships Working Group meeting are now available for download and reference from the Minutes section on the D2N2 page of this web site

03/09/2018   Graduate Planning Officer vacancy

Mansfield District Council have an interesting vacancy currently for a Graduate Planning Officer. This may be of interest to some of our Compact colleagues. See

 for more details. Many thanks to Maria Ward for sending this link

24/08/2018   Open day at NUH on Sat 13th October

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust are holding an Open Day on Staurday the 13th October. Click here for more details about the event 

Many thanks to Michelle Place of NUH for providing this information.

15/08/2018   Good practice on Apprenticehships in the NHS in Notts

Our NHS Trust member orgs in Notts are doing some great work to increase the number of Apprentices working in health care locally. Want more info. Click this link to see the videos 

Many thanks to the irrepressible Heather Porter of Notts Healthcare for sharing this best practice.

08/08/2018   Inspiring Futures 21st Nov Derby

A taster event for school pupils to find out more about jobs in the D2N2 area is scheduled for 21st Nov at Pride Park Derby. A good opp for our member orgs to raise their profile in the jobs market. For more info click this link

05/08/2018   Nominate a Public Service Apprentice of the Year

Both the D2N2 Compact and the Lincs Compact will be rewarding the 'Public Service Apprentice of the Year' in their areas in the autumn. Employers and training providers can nominate colleagues and / or trainees. Here is the link for the on line submissions:

19/07/2018   Using your levy to transform your organisation

From Magda Zurba ( of SSA has provided this info

We, at SSA, in partnership with an apprenticeship provider in Derby called Develop Training, are organising an open session on 18th of September on ‘How to harness your apprenticeship levy funding for organisational collaborative transformation and shared services leadership?


Some of the questions we will be addressing during the session are:

  • How can you harness your apprenticeship levy funding to advance your organisation’s collaborative transformation and shared services ambitions?
  • How do your leadership ensure the programme delivers their collaboration strategy and it is embedded into your organisation?
  • How can we support your levy manager, line managers, and your operational management with setting it up and throughout the programme?
  • How can you rapidly create a small pilot cohort to test the programme?
  • How do you design a template for the 20% “off the job” activities required by the levy?


As the session is aimed primarily at apprenticeship levy-managers and operational managers interested in undertaking a Level 5 Apprenticeship with a focus on Collaborative Transformation

16/07/2018   PS Compact Apprenticeships Conference in Nov - SAVE THE DATE !!

The D2N2 Public Service Compact will be presenting a major Public Service Apprenticeships Conference at Nottingham Conference Centre on the 12th November. Save the date now - more details will be posted here as they emerge. many thanks to EMAAN, Precise HR and Nottingham Trent University for sponosring this event

15/07/2018   Apprenticeships Case Studies available for download

The D2N2 PS Compact Apprenticeships working group have been busy ! A set of good practice case studies have been produced showing (a) how Apprentices fora were set up in Notts County Council and Nottingham University Hospitals; (b) how Derby City Council enjoyed a successful 'end point assessment' and (c) how an Apprenticeship changed the lives of young workers at Notts Healthcare Trust. To download the case studies click the D2N2 section, then click Resources then Resources 2018 and then the Case Studies folder

13/07/2018   A major event for young professionals at Pride Park in Nov

The key email from Dan Miller of Young Professionals UK

Hi Everyone, 

I wanted to let you all know about an exciting event we are running on the 20th November at the Pride Park Stadium. We are running our next large scale apprenticeship event for 1,000+ post 16 students across the East Midlands. Just after 2 weeks of promotion we signed up over 800 kids from across 18 different schools. Arriva Busses are transporting all the students in for us and Experian are Headlining the Event with us. Other brands that are also confirmed up are; IBM, EY, BDO, Barclays, Pearson and Sodexo. DCFC are also playing a big part on the day for the students, Frank Lampard I've been told may show up! 

Our events are not your typical careers fair, they are workshop based along with talks and presentations all throughout the day. Every student will be using our Young Professionals App (the only school and college leaver employment app in the market place) on the day and at the end of the event we can share this data with you to help with your talent acquisition pipelines. 


If you'd like to get involved or want to find out more, please get in touch.


Best Regards Dan Miller

Founder and CEO | Award Winning Entrepreneur

M: 07540 953560

09/07/2018   Trade Union support for Apprenticeships

Our good friends (and Compact members) TUC Unionlearn have produced an excellent guide 'Union support for high quality Apprenticeships'. A link to the downloadable and printable 20 page guide is here: 

Many thanks to Mark Rowe of the TUC for providing this information

05/07/2018   A Public Service Apprenticeships Conference - Coming Soon !!

The D2N2 Compact will be presenting an 'Apprenticeships Conference' in November in central Nottingham. To see a DRAFT agenda for this event visit the 'next event' section on the D2N2 page on this site. To provisionally book a place email Compact facilitator Chris Donkin 

29/06/2018   Minutes of D2N2 Compact SG meeting now available

The minutes from the recent D2N2 Compact Steering Group meeting are now available for dowload from the 'minutes' section on the D2N2 page

15/06/2018   D2N2 launch Growth Hub to support growth in Apprenticeships

Today D2N2 have launched their 'Growth Hub' to (hopefully) support an increase in the number of Apprentices employed in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. For more details visit their new web site via this link 

03/06/2018   Minutes of D2N2 Compact Apps working group meeting now available

The minutes and papers from the recent Apprenticeships Working Group meeting are now available from this site for download and referece. They can be accessed via the 'minutes' section on the D2N2 page.

18/05/2018   Working with the Unis - another successful event from the D2N2 Compact!

Last Friday the D2N2 Compact hosted the 'Public Service Working with the Universities' event and feedback from delegates shows that the event was well received and that attendees found it very useful. The e-ver of the delegate pack and some pictures from the event can be accessed from the Resources tab on the D2N2 page of this site. The output from the plenary session will be considered by the Steering Group at their meeting in June

17/05/2018   Shared Service Architects offer Apprenticeship Levy support

Our friends and member organisation Shared Service Architects are offering an advanced programme designed to equip public sector managers and project delivery teams with the practical skills and know-how to effectively facilitate and implement collaborative transformation and shared service solutions across the public sector. This programme also assists with Levy spend issues. For more info click this link. 

10/05/2018   E-ver of the delegate pack from Working with the Unis event available for download

Can't wait until tomorrow ? The e-version of the delegate pack for the Working with the Universities event to be held in Derby tomorrow is now available for download from the Compact web site via this link 

26/04/2018   Working with the D2N2 Universities .. coming soon

Although we already have 36 public service professionals booked in there are still places available for this event that will be staged at the University of Derby on the morning of Friday the 11th May. To see the agenda visit the 'next event' section on the D2N2 page and to book a delegate place email 

12/04/2018   NUH Recruitment and Careers Open Day on the 28th April 2018

The Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust is holding a Careers and Recruitment Open Day on the 28th April. For more info contact Jo Beckwith via


10/04/2018   Apprenticeships: How to deal with the 20% off the job rule

The major issue for many public sector employers is how to deal with the '20% off the job rule'. Our member orgs are supplying information on what is deemed to be eligible. Below is a diagram that shows activity that can be counted. 



28/03/2018   Music Care in a care setting ! Innovation from Nottingham University

Our colleagues at the University of Nottingham have sent us details of their upcoming training course that takes a look at Music Care in a care setting.  This innovative training is part of a three level training programme that prepares caregivers to use music in their care practice with increased confidence and theoretical understanding. For more information click 

27/03/2018   Minutes of D2N2 Compact SG meeting now available

The minutes of the D2N2 Compact Steering Group meeting held on the 16th March 2018 at Rushcliffe Borough Council are now available for download from the 'minutes' section on the D2N2 page.

25/03/2018   First edition of the E Mids Apprenticeships Ambassador Network Newsletter now available

The very first edition of the EMAAN quarterly newsletter is available for download from the internet. To access this publication (that features an intro from Compact stalwart Mike Johnson) click this link 

20/03/2018   Working with the Unis in the D2N2 area - event agenda now set !

On Friday the 11th May the D2N2 PS Compact will be presenting an event entitled 'The Public Service Sector Working with the Universities'. The event will be hosted by our friends at the University of Derby. For a full event agenda visit the 'events' tab on the D2N2 page. To book a delegate place email  

14/03/2018   Careers Coaching Lev 3 Award available from Complete Careers

Our colleagues at Complete Careers are offering a Careers Coaching Award for staff working in the public sector to help colleagues develope advisory skills to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to help people make informed choices. To download the flyer click 

Please note that the cost of the course is normally £495 per delegate but some reduction could be arranged for fellow PS Compact members. Contact for more detail

12/03/2018   Working with the D2N2 Universities .. coming soon

On the 11th May the D2N2 PS Compact will be presenting an event entitled "Public Sector working with the Universities". The event will feature inputs from the University of Nottingham, the University of Derby, Nottingham Trent University and the Open University. More details soon ... keep visiting this news feed as further details will be posted here as they emerge.

21/02/2018   Apprenticeships event at NTU on the 7th March

Public Sector: Apprenticeships Work at NTU
Wednesday 7 March, 1 pm - 3.30 pm

There's long been an association with apprenticeships - that only certain businesses and industries stand to benefit from investing in apprentices. However, with the introduction of the mandatory apprenticeship levy, the funding and additional incentive opportunities available to SMEs, and the variety of apprenticeships on offer, more businesses are beginning to realise the potential of apprenticeships. 

At NTU we're planning to expand our apprenticeship portfolio further, with the intention of launching courses in areas such as Healthcare Science Practitioner*, Further Education Learning and Skills Teacher*, Healthcare Assistant Practitioner*, Police Constable*, Social Worker*, Registered Nurse*, and Teacher*.

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2018, we'd like to invite you to a free event specially tailored to the needs of those working within the public sector, looking to learn more about how degree apprenticeships can work for their organisations. 

This event will explore the relevant apprenticeships on offer and in development at NTU, and offer practical advice and guidance regarding the challenges and opportunities apprenticeships within the public sector present. As well as this, attendees can have one-on-one sessions with academics and members of the apprenticeship team, and network with other employers. 

We anticipate this event will be popular, so don't hesitate to book your place

11/02/2018   D2N2 Universities ready for Compact working

At the Dec D2N2 Compact SG meeting the members decided that we should be working more closely with our Universities. Contact has since been made and now the University of Nottingham have joined the Compact and the University of Derby and Nottingham Trent Uni are expected to follow suit. Also the May good practice event will be themed around 'working with the Universities' ... watch this space !

24/01/2018   Pics from the Matlock Apps event now on this web site

Some pictures from the recent 'Apprenticeships: Where are We Now?' event are now available on this site in the resources section. You can access them directly by clicking 

22/01/2018   E-ver of the delegate pack from Apps event in Matlock now available for download

The 'Apprenticeships: Where are we now?' event in Matlock last Fruday (19th Jan) was very well attended and has been very well received. The e-version of the delegate pack can now be downloaded from the resources section on the D2N2 page of this site or directly by this link 

20/01/2018   Higher Apprenticeships event in Lincoln in February

The University of Lincoln are hosting an event called 'Raising the Bar: Higher Apprenticeships and the importance of coninual learning for succes' on the afternoon of Thursday the 22nd Feb in Lincoln. I (Chris Donkin) will be attending on behalf of the Compacts. If you are also interested then email me on and I will send you details.

16/01/2018   Annual Report 2017 and Action Plan 2018 now available for D2N2 Compac

The D2N2 Compact Action Plan for 2018 and the Annual Report 2017 have now been agreed by a sub committe from the Steering Group. They are now avialable for download from this link 

15/01/2018   The Strategy doc for health and care working together now available

The Strategy document from the NHS outlining how health and care services can be better integrated is now available for download from this site. Thanks to Heather Porter of Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust for supplying the report. The document is housed on this site and can be accessed directly via 

09/01/2018   D2N2 Compact Dec 17 SG meeting minutes now available

The minutes of the Dec 2017 D2N2 PS Compact Steering Group meeting are now available for download and reference from the 'minutes' section on the D2N2 page

04/01/2018   Apprenticeships: Where are we now? - Matlock 19th Jan 2018

Still a few places available for this breakfast event in Matlock in a fortnight. Over 50 people are booked in already! This is going to be a very well attended event. Don't miss out. To book a place email Compact failitator via 

27/12/2017   Excellent presentations delivered at the D2N2 SG meeting

A couple of excellent and informative guest presentations were delivered at the D2N2 PS Compact Steering Group meeting by colleagues from Learning Pool and Mencap. To download the presentations from this web site click this link 

13/12/2017   D2N2 Compact Steering Group meeting this Friday

Only two days to go until the D2N2 Public Service Compact Steering Group meeting on Friday 15th Dec at 10.00 am in Ollerton. Why not book in to attend and shape the future of the Compact. Contact for more details

10/11/2017   Feedback from NHS Workforce Symposium in Nottm

Recently the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) held a 'Workforce Symposium' in Nottingham. Your facilitator was there on behalf of the Compacts. The issues faced in Notts are simialr to those faced by the NHS in Lincs. The full set of presentations from the event can now be downloaded from the Resources section on the D2N2 page on this site or accessed directly via this link 

07/11/2017   Top tips for recruiting young people to the public sector

One of our young professionals (Cara Prendergast) has kindly produced some 'top tips for receruiting young people to the public sector'. These excellent 'gold-dust' words of advice can be downloaded from the resources section on the D2N2 Compact page or directly from this link Many thanks to Cara for this excellent contribution to the work of the Compacts

31/10/2017   Apprenticeships: Where are we now? - Matlock 19th Jan 2018

The D2N2 PS Compact are staging a good practice  breakfast event "Apprenticeships: Where are we now?" on Friday the 19th Jan 2018. To download the agenda go to the 'next event' page. To book a place email the Compact facilitator via chris@donkinitex.couk 

03/10/2017   Minutes of D2N2 Compact SG meeting now available

The minutes of the recent D2N2 Public Service Compact Steering Group meeting are now available for access and download from this site. You can go directly to them by clicking this link 

13/09/2017   Apprenticeship Service Update: Webinar

Yesterday (on behalf of the Compacts) I 'attended' a webinar "Future Apprenticeships: Use of the Apprenticeship Service" presented by the AELP. The information about the Service was both right up to date and very useful - for both employers and training providers. The slides from the session are now available for download  from this site - directly via this link 

Chris Donkin (Compacts facilitator)

27/08/2017   NHS Strategy for engaging with schools

The NHS have just produced an important update / strategy document entitled "What comes next?; National Strategic Framework for engaement with schools and communities to build a diverse healthcare workforce". The document can be downloaded from this site via this link Thanks to Heather Porter of Notts Healthcare Trust for sending this info

21/08/2017   Horizon Scanning - Up to date news on Apprenticeships developments

Babington are kindly supplying a 'Horizon Scanning' update at both Compact Autumn Steering Group meetings. The update contains lots of detail on recent developments relating to the Apprenticeships agenda. To access this important and useful document directly please click 

18/08/2017   Feedback from the Modernising Recruitment Practices event now available

Feedback from the discussions at the Modernising Recruitment Practices event is now available by clicking this link The feedback will be considered by the D2N2 Steering Group when they meet next in September

15/08/2017   Your chance to participate in the N2 Work Experience Steering Group

Good Morning Chris

We would certainly welcome your participation in the Work Experience Steering Group. We are still taking nominations.

We would also welcome any additional support you can garner from you wider membership including any promotion you can engineer – all would be grateful.

I have included a blurb below for you to circulate to members. I will be in touch will all individuals that have expressed an interest this week/next week to convene a meeting.

Young people in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire’s (N2) disadvantaged communities are not getting enough high quality work experience – What is the Challenge?

  • Employers and schools continue to report frustrations when attempting to deliver successful work experience placements.
  • Across N2, although there are a number of organisations supporting schools and employers to create work experience placements, the number of employers offering placements falls well below that required for the N2 pupil population.

Action - We need your support to develop an N2 Work Experience Steering Group

  • Work experience is a proven way for supporting unemployed individuals in to employment – a strategic priority for the N2 Skills & Employment Board (SEB)
  • The SEB have a role to play in advocating the benefits of work experience and to encourage more employers to create high quality placements.
  • We would like to establish an employer led N2 Work Experience Steering Group.
  • Initially, the group will consist of between 5 – 10 employers, Futures Training and Advice, schools and myself as N2 Skills & Employment Partnership Manager.
  • The aspiration is to deliver a large scale N2 Work Experience Week Campaign. This will see a significant number of local employers offering high quality placements over a period of a week, to young people and adults in our more deprived communities.
  • In addition to planning the event, the steering group will develop a long term plan for how we can stimulate growth in the number of placements available over the next 12 – 18 months
  • This is a perfect opportunity for you as Employers to promote career pathways in your sector readdressing acute skills shortages


I envisage that following the first meeting, much of this activity can be driven remotely, however to kick things off we would really appreciate employers joining the conversation so that we can embed employer need at the heart of this work.

If you would like to join the N2 Work Experience Steering Group please email or call me on 0115 8762820







Thanks again for your support.


Kind Regards


Owen Harvey

N2 Skills & Employment Partnership Manager

13/08/2017   Modern Recruitment Practices event at Bestwood very well received

Thanks to everyone who attended the 'Modernising Recruitment and Retention Practices' event at Bestwood on Friday. The evaluations clearly indicate that the event has been very well received. For those of you who were not able to attend you can download an e-ver of the delegate pack by clicking this link 

09/08/2017   Modernising Recruitment Practices - this Friday Bestwood: Last chance to book in

There are 42 delegates booked in for the 'Modernising Recruitment and Retention Practices' this Friday (11th) in Bestwood but there is still room for a few more. If you want to book a place then email Compact facilitator Chris Donkin via ... See you Friday? To see an agenda go to the 'next event' section on the D2N2 page

28/07/2017   ESIF Procurement - still opportunities available

There are still some opportunities for PS organisations to bid for funding from the European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF). Have a look at their web site to see what is available - click this link 

20/07/2017   More health sector orgs join the D2N2 Compact

In the last month two NHS Trusts (Notts Healthcare and NUH) have joined the Compact and we now have strong representation from the health and care sector. The new additions take the Compact membership up to 28 orgs! Are you involved yet? Want more info? Contact facilitator Chris Donkin via 

08/07/2017   Prostart Celebration Night and the Compact sponsors an award!

Our member organisation Prostart recently staged their annual Celebration awards night and the D2N2 Compact were proud to sponsor the 'Higher Apprentice of the Year Award'. The winner was Laura Baker of Nottingham City Care and the prize was presented by Heather Porter of the Compact Steering Group. Many congrats to Laura and thanks to Prostart for this opportunity to promote the Compact

04/07/2017   A half price sub for a half year membership!

Both Compacts (Lincs and D2N2) decided at their recent Steering Group meetings to offer a half year membership for a half price sub. Hence if your org is not already a member then why not sign up for the rest of 2017 now. For more details email the Compact facilitator Chris Donkin via 

28/06/2017   Feedback from Rushcliffe BC Apprenticeships Levy Forum

Last week our stalwart member organisation Rushcliffe Borough Council delivered a useful and timely 'Apprenticeships' Levy Forum. The feedback from the discussion groups is available on this web site in the 'Resources' section and directly via this link

27/06/2017   Minutes of D2N2 Compact SG meeting now available

The minutes from the recent D2N2 Compact Steering Group meeting are now available for download from the 'Minutes' section on this site.

19/06/2017   Apprentices Levy Workshop at Rushcliffe BC today

This afternoon Rushcliffe Borough Council will host a workshop where public servic organisatsions will be able to work together to ensure that they make the most out of the opportunities that the introduction of the levy promotes. Our Co Chair Richard Heffer will be there on behalf of the D2N2 Compact. Notes from the workshop will be available from the 'Resources' section on this site soon.

12/06/2017   Two Steering Group meetings last week and lots going on

Last week both the D2N2 Compact and the Greater Lincolnshire Compact held their quarterly Steering Group meetings. Lots going on including preparing for two imminent good practice workshops (see 'Next Event' section on both the D2N2 and the Lincs page). The minutes will be published on this web site early next week ... keep visiting this news feed.

04/06/2017   Public Sector Apprenticeships Levy Forum on 19 June

On Mon 19th June Rushcliffe Borough Council will be hosting a Public Sector Apprenticeships Levy Forum at 1400 in West Bridgford. The forum is aimed mostly at HR and Economic Development colleagues. Please click for more details.

26/05/2017   Book now for next D2N2 PS Compact event - it may well be 'sold out'

The next event presented by the D2N2 PS Compact (Modernising Recruitment and Retention Practices) will be held on Friday August 11th in Bestwood Notts. With still 10 weeks to go 25 delegates have already signed up. Book now to avoid disappointment by emailing Compact facilitator Chris Donkin via . For an egenda for the event go to the 'next event' tab on the D2N2 home page.

05/05/2017   Agenda for next D2N2 Good Practice event now available

On the 11th August the D2N2 Compact will present the next good practice event 'Modernising Recruitment and Retention Practices' hosted by Notts Fire and Rescue Service. To see an agenda go to the 'next event' section on the D2N2 page. To book a place email  

25/04/2017   Free toolkit for Apprenticeship Providers and Employers

A good source of apprenticeship information for training providers is :  it contained a free toolkit that has a wealth of information. It will be useful to employers as well as providers.

 People involved in the delivery of apprenticeships should be signed up for the government alerts as they are an excellent source of information, the link is , once on the page, click onto 'subcribe to email alerts'


18/04/2017   New Co-Chairs want to know: 'what do you want from YOUR Compact?

A survey has been distributed by email to the 'key contacts' for working with the D2N2 Compact in PS orgs in Notts and Derbys.  We want to know what you want out of the Compact and how you can contribute to the work of the Compact. The results of the survey will be made available in late April. To be cc-d in then email

11/04/2017   Engaging Young Workers - the work continues

The D2N2 Compact commissioned a 'task and finish' group' to look at how to build on the outcomes from the 'Engaging Young Workers' event in Long Eaton last month. The notes from the meeting are available via the 'working groups' link in the resources section. The main message is that we want to work together with the Unions to promote workforce development.

06/04/2017   Training Product Sub Group has a plan !

The D2N2 Compact Training Product sub group met yesterday and planned out how to produce the module 'Working in Public Service'. See the reources section on the D2N2 page for the notes from this meeting.

30/03/2017   Minutes of D2N2 Compact SG meeting now available

The minutes (and all of the papers discussed at the meeting) of the recent D2N2 Compact are now available for download by pressing this link 

27/03/2017   D2N2 Compact members Prostart now offering ILM qualifications

Prostart, members of the D2N2 Public Service Compact, are now delivering ILM qulaifations to Level 5 Management and are looking at some even higher levels. They also are now affiliated with the British Computer Society and of they are a Microsoft Academy. If any Compact member organisation  requires these prestigious qualifications then they should contact Denise Newcomb of Prostart via 

20/03/2017   Feedback from the Engaging Young Workers Dissemination event now available

The feedback from the Engaging Young Workers Project dissemination event is now available for download via this link Note that the D2N2 PS Compact has established a working group to progress the suggestions made by delegates at this event. Watch this space!

18/03/2017   The D2N2 Compact Steering Group has two (!) new Chairs

At the D2N2 Public Service Compact Steering Group meeting yesterday the group appointed not one but two new Co-Chairs for the year starting 1st April 2017. The two new Chairs are Charlotte Moreland and Richard Heffer. Good luck to them both in their new roles. The meeting also thanked Marje Toward the Chair standing down after a very succesful year for her high quality contribution to the work of the Compact.

16/03/2017   D2N2 Compact Steering Group meeting tomorrow!

The next meeting of the D2N2 Public Service Compact takes place tomorrow (17th March). Interested? If you would like to attend email facilitator Chris Donkin via 

14/03/2017   Free workshops for local SMEs from the University of Nottingham

Linguistic Profiling for Professionals (LiPP) hold free workshops for D2N2 SMEs funded by the European Regional Development Fund for business development based on cutting-edge research at the University.

  • Effective Leadership Communication workshop - 23rd May 2017 (
  • Effective Decision-Making and Team Dynamics - 25th May 2017 (
  • Effective Leadership Communication workshop - 11th October 2017 (
  • Effective Decision-Making and Team Dynamics workshop - 25th October 2017 (

08/03/2017   If you missed the GMB / D2N2 Compact event you can now catch up!

An e-version of the delegate pack from the GMB sponsored 'Engaging Young Workers Project Dissemination Event' is now availbale for download from this site. Simply click on 

28/02/2017   Keynote presentation from the Big Event now available

The keynote presentation from the Big Event held in Mansfield recently is now available for download. You can access the Allen Graham (Chief Exec of Rushcliffe Borough Council) powerpoint by clicking this link

27/02/2017   The Big Assembly: On line careers fair 7th March

Dear Colleagues, friends and associates.

As the Apprenticeship Ambassador for Lincolnshire I do have an urgent request this week which I really need your support with please.

 During National Apprenticeship Week, ‘The Big Assembly’

This GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title attempt aims to set the record for the largest online careers advice seminar EVER

Schools, young people, parents, careers advisors and employers from across the nation are invited at 08.45, on 7 March 2017 during National Apprenticeship Week to take part in ‘The Big Assembly’ a live video stream to thousands across the UK wanting to find out more about apprenticeships and career options post 16.

As you can imagine to ensure we get enough interest in the event and we need over 5,000 registrations, so as much marketing and media coverage and schools involvement this week is needed.  We need people talking, tweeting and as much social media activity such as face book.  We are looking for a mass involvement next week on the 7th March at 08.45 to achieve this GUINNESS WORLD RECORD. 

Please find attached the social media guide, press release and information for The Big Assembly.  Can I encourage you to promote / push and use the social media content within your own networks to make the event as widely known as possible.  I have highlighted below how to register and the differing media options we have and could use.

How to Register

Registration is via

You can find us on twitter @bigassembly and use #bigassembly

I have also attached a couple of ‘sneak preview’ videos which will be used on the day in the Big Assembly live video stream:

This is a short 15 second clip with Pharmacy Trainee Emily Wilby from Boots, she says what she loves and gives advice about what to do if you're interested in apprenticeships.




Many thanks for your support and please do pass this email on to your own networks.

Kind regards  .. Mike

23/02/2017   D2N2 Compact hosts the GMB Engaging Young Workers Dissemination Event

On behalf of GMB the D2N2 Compact will be staging the 'Young Workers Engagement Project' dissemination event at Prostart in Long Eaton on Monday the 6th March (am). The event is free for Compact member organisations. To book a place email the Compact facilitator Chris Donkin via 

18/02/2017   The Big Event is a big success

Over 150 people attended the Big Event and they were offered advice by 24 stall holders from public sector organisations and training providers. Click this link for some pics from the event


15/02/2017   Big Event in Mansfield tomorrow. You can still attend!

The Big Event in Mansfield Library tomorrow (16th) is to promote the public sector as an employer of choice for people who are considering a career move or a new career and have not previously considered working in the public sector. A huge number of people have booked in in advance to attend but you can still access this event by simply turning up! The Big Event starts at 1400 - be there!

08/02/2017   Bi Event in Mansfield next week - get involved!

The Big Event in Mansfield Library next week (16th) is to promote the public sector as an employer of choice for people who are considering a career move or a new career and have not previously considered working in the public sector. For more details email 

01/02/2017   Big Event gathering momentum: Press Release now available

The Press release for the big event is now being used by all major news outlets in the area. Compact member organisations can download a copy to advertise the event internally by clicking this link 

26/01/2017   Still time to have a stall at The Big Event!

Would you like to highlight your organisation at the Big Event in Mansfield on the 16th February 2017? Click here for more detail 

24/01/2017   Big Event filling up but still places available

The Big Event in Mansfield on the 16th February is to promote the public sector as an employer of choice for people who are considering a career move or a new career and have not previously considered working in the public sector is attracting more and more delegates every day with big numbers signing up in advance. You can book one of the remaining places at this event by registering to attend The Big Event on Eventbrite

18/01/2017   The Big Event ! Book your place now!!

The Big Event to promote the public sector as an employer of choice for people who are considering a career move or a new career and have not previously considered working in the public sector is attracting more and more delegates every day with many signing up in advance. To book a place at this event you can register to attend The Big Event on Eventbrite

16/01/2017   D2N2 Annual Report 2016 and Action Plan for 2017 now available

After discussion at the December 2016 Steering Group meeting and also subsequent comment the D2N2 Compact Annual Report for 2016 and the Action Plan for 2017 have now been agreed. Both documents are available for download via this link 

Also available via the same link is the Vision statement for the future of the Compact

14/01/2017   D2N2 Dec 16 Steering Group meeting minutes now available

The minutes for the D2N2 Dec 2016 Steering Group meeting are now confirmed and are available for download from the 'minutes' section on the D2N2 page on the site

10/01/2017   The Big Event is starting to 'enrol'

The Big Event to promote the public sector as an employer of choice for people who are considering a career move or a new career and have not previously considered working in the public sector is now attracting delegates signing up in advance. To book a place at this event register to attend The Big Event on Eventbrite

04/01/2017   The Big Event - call for more stallholders!

Would you like to highlight your organisation at the Big Event in Mansfield on the 16th February 2017? Click here for more details 

28/12/2016   More details about The Big Event !

The planning for the Big Event in Mansfield on the 16th Feb 2017 is continuing over the festive season! See for the latest information

20/12/2016   Scanning the Horizon .. D2N2 Compact SG members receive important update

At the recent D2N2 Public Service Compact Steering Group meeting, the group received an important and useful update on changing government priorities and funding changes. The Horizon Scanning paper was presented by Steering Group stalwart Adam Barnes of the Babington Business Group on behalf of the Compact's working group who meet to advise on such matters. Click here to download Adam's excellent paper 

17/12/2016   D2N2 Compact SG receives Recognition Strategies presentation

A busy, well attended and productive D2N2 Compact SG took place in Ollerton on the 15th Dec. The group considered the draft Annual Report for 2016 and the draft Action Plan for 2017. For more details and a chance to contribute to the re-draft email The meeting also received an excellent presentation from Anne Kennedy-Little on 'Recognition Strategies in the public sector'. To download this presentation click this link 

12/12/2016   D2N2 Compact Steering Group all set for a busy and productive meeting

The next meeting of the D2N2 Compact Steering Group will take place on Thursday of this week (15th) in Ollerton. The meeting will consider updates from the 3 working groups, a draft of the Annual Report and discuss plans for 2017. Also the meeting will continue the planning for the Big Event in February. If you are not booked in yet and would like to attend then email the Compact Facilitator Chris Donkin via 

06/12/2016   Schools being advised to Save the Date for the Big Event!

28/11/2016   Interested in becoming an 'Employer Provider' of Apprenticeships? Details available or download

Julie Williamson of GMB is a member of both Steering Groups (D2N2 and Greater Lincs). She recently attended an event hosted by BT where info on how an employer can also be classified as a training provider of Apprenticeships was disseminated. The event featured a presentation on how to register, how to naviagte the Ofsted process and full details of the obligations of an 'employer provider' from the Skills Funding Agency. A full delegate pack is available from this site and can be accessed via this link. 

Thanks Julie!

24/11/2016   D2N2 Compact Working Group minutes now available

The D2N2 Compact has 3 working groups. The 'Big Event' group and 'Training Product' working group both met last week and the meetings were very productive. The notes from the meetings are available for download via this link

The third group, 'horizon scanning', met yesterday and the notes will be made available soon.

21/11/2016   The 'Big Event' for the D2N2 Compact now confirmed for Thursday the 16th Feb in Mansfield

The ‘Big Event’ is designed to promote the public service sector as an employer of choice for people who are considering a career move or a new career and have not previously considered the public sector as an attractive proposition. The target audience is people who are considering a career move or a new career and have not previously considered the public sector as an attractive proposition. It is expected that most of the attendees would be young people and their families. 

The format of the event will be a 4 hour event running from 1200 to 1600 on a drop in as and when basis. A key note speaker (or speakers) will deliver an address at 1230 and 1430 to provide some context to the event. The rest of the event will be supported by stallholders who will be drawn from the training provider network, the public sector employers in the D2N2 footprint and the trade unions. The stallholders will be invited to make their stalls interactive so that an attendee would have variety of activities that they could engage with to make it both enjoyable and useful. 

More details as they emerge will be posted on the news section of this web site

17/11/2016   D2N2 Compact next SG meeting agenda now available

16/11/2016   D2N2 Compact Sub Groups making great progress!

Yesterday the D2N2 'Big Event' sub group decided that the event will take place in mid February 2017 and will be an interactive, workshop based event with a high profile keynote speaker. The event is designed to promote the public sector as an employer of choice.

Also yesterday the 'Training Product' sub group met and have committed to producing an Apprenticeship framework study module on 'working in the public sector'. Both groups will report progress to the Steering Group in Dec. Keep visiting this news feed for more details as things progress.

14/11/2016   D2N2 Compact sub groups meeting tomorrow

The 'Big Event' sub group and the 'Training Product' sub group are both meeting tomorrow. Come back here on Wed for feedback on what was agreed / discussed. The third sub group (Horizon Scanning) is meeting next week. Again, feedback from this meeting will be posted on this site following the meeting

08/11/2016   D2N2 Compact twitter feed now has 50 followers!

04/11/2016   D2N2 Compact Sept SG meeting minutes now available

03/11/2016   Chris Donkin returns as facilitator for both Compacts

Yesterday the D2N2 Compact Chair used Chairs action to re-install Chris Donkin as Compact Facilitator effective from the 1st Nov. Chris is also now the facilitator for the Lincs Compact. Many thanks to Yvonne Robinson for her excellent work as the previous facilitator. We wish Yvonne good luck as she seeks to concentrate on other aspects of her business. From now all Compact related enquiries should be sent to Chris via 

07/10/2016   Chris Donkin to return as facilitator

05/10/2016   Positively Public event feedback now available

04/10/2016   Positively Public delegate pack and pics

The dealagte pack and five photos from this well received event are now available by clicking this link.!_ 

03/10/2016   Apprenticeships: Working Together for Success

You are invited to the following event:

Apprenticeships - Working Together for Success

Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Monday, October 10, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM (BST)

Nottingham Conference Centre
Burton Street
NG1 4BU Nottingham
United Kingdom

To book a place email Craig Stuart via

30/09/2016   Positively Public pics from the event

Photos from the event are now available from this site. Go to the D2N2 Page then 'Resources' then '2016 Events' then Positively Public

29/09/2016   Tomorrow we are Positively Public

In partnership with Nottinghamshire County Council the D2N2 Public Service Compact presents the Good Practice event Positively Public on Friday the 30th September 2016. The delegate pack from this event can be downloaded by going to the Resources section on the D2N2 page on this site and then choosing the Events 2016 folder.

23/09/2016   Positively Public - Very few places still available

The Positively Public event next Friday is shaping up to be a cracker. Andy Belfield the UNISON Regional Head of Local Government is the keynote speaker and will kick things off with a keynote address "Its time to be positively public!". More high profile contributors booked. For more information click and to book a place at this FREE event email Compact facilitor Yvonne via

21/09/2016   Positively Public - Still places available

For the Positively Public Event at Nottinghamshire County Hall on Friday the 30th September there are still places available. For full details (inc an event agenda) click the link 

To book a place email Yvonne via 

22/08/2016   Positively Public !

Save the date! On the 30th September the Compact, in association with Nottinghamshire County Council will present a good practice event entitled 'Positively Public'. The event will consider how best the public sector locally can promote effective recruitment and retention. Interested? ... then see for more details.

20/07/2016   Minutes of D2N2 Compact SG meeting now available

The minutes of the recent D2N2 Steering Group meeting are now available for download and reference. To access the minutes please go to the minutes section on the D2N2 page.

08/06/2016   More Apprenticeship news!

Babbington Group will be hosting another webinar on the subject of Apprenticeship Reform on the afternoon of 29/6/16. The webinar will be available for download to any person who has registered and can be viewed at any time. 

To register, follow this link:

08/06/2016   Latest Good Practice Event Programme

Have a look at the Latest Event section for the full programme of the next event in your area!

08/06/2016   Event Programme published

The full programme for our next event - The Changing Face of Apprenticeships - is now available in the Next Event section of this website.

29/04/2016   Save the date for the next D2N2 Compact Event!

The Changing Face of Apprenticeships

University of Derby, 29/6/16, 10.00 - 12.30

This event will cover the latest news on the Apprenticeship Levy from the Skills Funding Agency, Derbyshire County Council sharing their experience in planning for the Levy, views from the TUC an employer and an apprentice. A full programme and joining instructions will be issued nearer the date.


27/04/2016   Apprenticeship Levy Webinar for Compact members

Compact members have been invited to participate in a webinar to be held on 18/5/16 at 2.00 p.m. You can register now to attend live and receive a recording of the webinar after it finishes. Registration is available at:

 Following registration there is the facility to submit questions that will be addressed in the webinar. I would encourage you to submit these well in advance to ensure you get the most benefit from this event. Many thanks to Adam Barnes at Babington for hosting the webinar and for kindly inviting members of both the Greater Lincolnshire and the D2N2 Public Service Compacts to attend. 

11/04/2016   Get Ready for the Levy SFA Event!

This event was held at the East Midlands Conference Centre on 31/3/16. It was a chance for all Public Sector Departments and Local Authorities to find out about The Apprenticeship Levy and Public Sector Targets and begin to engage / plan for how their organisations can get the most value for money and return on investment.

I attended on behalf of the two East Midlands Public Service Compacts. I know many of you were there on the day, but for those who weren’t, the presentations are now in the 'Resources' section of this website. There was also a long list of unanswered questions from the floor, which SFA / BIS hope to answer by the end of June. 

The D2N2 event on 29th June will be on the subject of ‘The Changing Face of Apprenticeships’ and I am hoping by then we will have some more answers. Check out the 'Next Event' section for more information. We are also planning a webinar to follow up on the event which Adam Barnes at Babington Group has kindly agreed to host. More details of this in the 'Next Event' section.