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New dates available for sustainability course to benefit local SMEs – Sustainability and Inclusive Leadership (SAIL)

Nottingham Business School is pleased to announce further course dates for this new accredited short course in October, November, and December 2020.

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This support is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund

Following initial course dates in September and early October 2020, we are pleased to announce additional course dates for our new fully funded short course, ‘Sustainability and Inclusive Leadership’.

The course is run by Nottingham Business School (NBS) and NTU's Green Academy with places available for employees of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire-based SMEs, with a small number of places available to larger organisations. Whether you are a business owner, line manager or member of staff in an eligible SME, this course is relevant for you to learn about how you can make a difference to sustainability in your personal and professional life.

Course dates and structure

We are pleased to announce new dates in October, November and December 2020.

  • Cohort 4 – 4, 5 and 11 November
  • Cohort 5 – 18,19 and 25 November
  • Cohort 6 – 2, 3 and 9 December
  • Cohort 7 – 16, 17 and 23 December

The course is delivered completely online over three days, in a 5-hour block (9am-2pm).

This is to make the course accessible to those with responsibilities such as school-age children and other work commitments. Attendees should be aware that they will be required to attend all sessions to complete the course and gain accreditation.

This professional course has been accredited by NTU, and participants will receive 10 credits towards a level 4 (degree level) qualification. You will also receive an action plan for your business and a full certificate issued by the Carbon Literacy Trust.

What does the course cover?

The course, which is part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF), explores the global climate crisis, the very real impact that this will have on the economic landscape, and how important it is for businesses to be more sustainable as they work towards COVID-19 recovery.

Participants will consider personal values, ethical decision-making and health and wellbeing, before taking a more focused look at sustainability through the lens of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), climate action and carbon literacy.

The course also looks at the circular economy – an economic system emphasising minimal waste through re-use, sharing, repaid and recycling – and the ‘doughnut economy’ – a visual framework for sustainable development.

Course content

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
  • You, your personal values, and decision making
  • Carbon literacy
  • Sustainability and the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • Leadership
  • The appropriate contemporary economic model(s) for your work and business practices
  • The science of climate change and ways to address this
  • Identification of personal and professional solutions that you can undertake related to climate change

The course has been developed to help business leaders, managers, and employees within SMEs to answer and understand:

  • 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 and/or business function
  • recovery and change strategies
  • solutions with the highest impact in your personal life and your role at work

Learning outcomes

This professional course has been accredited by NTU, and participants will receive 10 credits towards a level 4 (degree level) qualification. You will also receive an action plan for your business and a full certificate issued by the Carbon Literacy Trust.

You will also take away the following learnings:

  1. Deciphering your own personal values and ethnical decision making for authentic leadership
  2. Linking the cause(s) of climate action to your personal and professional life
  3. Understanding the science of, and need to, address climate change
  4. Finding solutions related to both climate change and COVID-19
  5. Applying the concepts of sustainability, leadership, and the SDGs to yourself and your work and/or business
  6. Applying economic models that encourage minimal waste to your work and business practices

Sign up now

To express an interest for you or your colleagues to take part, email for information on securing a place on upcoming dates.

Please note that to be eligible for this course, you will need to be an employee of a D2N2-based SME, but a small number of places are available to larger organisations. A full eligibility check will take place prior to enrolment.

  • Notes for editors

    For press enquiries, please contact Joe Boultby-Ward, ESF Marketing Manager by email or on +44 (0)115 878 8899.

    • The High Level Skills programme is part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and is made up of two complementary projects – Priority Skills for D2N2 SMEs, and GRADS for D2N2.
    • The projects have received £2,201,163 (Priority Skills for D2N2 SMEs) and £7,360,994 (GRADS for D2N2) of funding from the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England.
    • The Department for Work and Pensions (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for the English European Social Fund programme.
    • Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations.
    • For more information, visit

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