Derby College Group

Derby College Group (DCG) and partners across the region have been awarded funding from the European Social Fund across two projects to benefit employees of local small and medium sized businesses within the Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire (D2N2) area.

Derby College Group

The Smart and Inclusive Leadership programme (SAIL) is fully funded, meaning they are offered without any cost to eligible participants. This is possible thanks to funding from the European Social Fund and the delivery partners, which include University of Derby, Derby College, East Midlands Chamber of Commerce, Enable, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham College and the Workers’ Educational Association.

These courses will no longer be delivered via the project but further information can be sought here


Smart and Inclusive Leadership

The Smart and Inclusive Leadership (SAIL) project aims to provide employees of local SMEs with the leadership and management skills they are missing within their skill sets. SAIL provides SME staff the opportunities for training to develop into future leaders, boosting the development of their growth, productivity, and competitiveness.

Eligibility and equal opportunities

Who is eligible?

Any individual that is employed by a small or medium organisation in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire is eligible for support. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are defined as:

Less than 250 employees

Annual turnover under EUR 50 million or; Annual balance sheet less than EUR 43 million

Not more than 25% of the organisation is owned by an enterprise that is not an SME

Who we aim to support?

Companies must be based in the D2N2 area to qualify for support. D2N2 is the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) for Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

Although the course is open to all people working in eligible SMEs, we aim to support:


Employees aged 50+


Employees with disabilities


Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff


Those who have previously missed out on traditional educational opportunities