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Sustainability and Inclusive Leadership – Pilot course for SMEs

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This course is delivered through the Priority Skills for D2N2 SMEs project, which supports SMEs in accessing free bespoke, employer-led training, career coaching and advice to up-skill their employees in vocational and high-level technical skills.The project is part funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and is delivered as part of the ESF High Level Skills programme.

This programme is part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF)

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Event details

This pilot course is delivered virtually via Microsoft Teams over two days, and attendees will be required to attend both days.

  • Thursday 25 June, 9.15am - 4.30pm
  • Friday 3 July, 9.15am - 1.30pm

Nearly half of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) enrolled on the High level Skills programme across D2N2 to date, do not have a sustainability policy.  

While this is only one indicator of practice it represents a significant area for development and opportunity for local SMEs.

COVID-19 has thrown us into a state of disarray, adversely impacting our lives and the economy.

As we emerge from this challenging time, we need to revisit the climate crisis – which is still one of the greatest challenges that will go on affecting all aspects of business and society unless we take action.

Now is the time to think about how we can progress forward from COVID-19. How can we learn from our experiences to address the climate crisis in the ‘new normal’? What new ways of working could help with this next challenge? What else could we change, do without or do differently? Are there any new sustainability issues that the COVID-19 crisis has exposed?

Nottingham Business School has developed a short course to support managers and employees within local small businesses. Participants will learn how to enhance their personal appreciation and become a change-maker, post-COVID-19, in their own life and work.


How will the course benefit me and my business?

By taking part in this training, you will gain an understanding of:

  • how climate and COVID-19 bounce off one another
  • how business is affected by the climate, and vice versa
  • the impact different sectors, such as food and drink, have on our climate, and vice versa
  • climate change mitigation tools for your role at work or/and business function
  • recovery and change strategies
  • solutions with the highest impact: in your personal life and in your role at work

Plus, you will receive support to develop an action plan to apply learning to your business.You will also receive a full certificate issued by The Carbon Literacy Trust in Manchester, and the opportunity to receive an Ofqual qualification.

What can SMEs gain from attending this course?

  1. You’ll learn tools on how to progress post-COVID-19
  2. You’ll save money
  3. You’ll attract and hold onto employees and motivate teams
  4. You could attract new customers and impress existing ones
  5. You’ll reduce waste and increase productivity
  6. You’ll become compliant now and ready for future regulations
  7. You could develop new products or services

If that’s not enough: “World cannot return to 'business as usual after COVID-19”, say mayors.

Booking information

Please note:

  • This is a two-day pilot course and attendees will be required to attend both days.
  • This course is available only to employees of SMEs based in D2N2 (Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire). Due to this, upon receipt of your booking enquiry we will perform an eligibility check.
  • Delivery will be virtual via Microsoft Teams – details of how to join will be sent following receipt of your enquiry and confirmation of your eligibility.

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Still need help?

Sustainability and Inclusive Leadership team
0115 848 8899