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Enterprising Ashfield Courses and Professional Development

Whether you’re looking for a new job, want to upskill for a promotion or career change, or are seeking a new challenge, our range of free courses provide practical and relevant training that can help you gain new knowledge and stand out in a competitive job market to benefit you at any stage of your career.

By investing in your professional development, you can improve your CV and develop skills that can also be applied in the workplace and, with a limited number of people on each course, you'll have the one-to-one attention you need to ensure you leave with the skills to continue developing your skills at home or work.

All our courses are fully funded for those living or working within eligible postcodes in Ashfield. Visit our eligibility checker page to see if your postcode makes you eligible for the project.

If you’re not eligible for the Enterprising Ashfield project please take a look at other ways NTU can support businesses and employees.

As well as the courses listed below, we also provide bespoke training programmes to local businesses, developed in partnership, to upskill a workforce, support their continued professional development and plug any skill gaps.

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I wanted to make engaging videos for my business but didn't know where to start, now I have the confidence to create! I know how to plan a video, how to frame shots, different lengths of videos and when best to use each type of shot. I enjoyed learning and understanding the planning process and timeline, and making a short video together in week 2, this gave me so much more confidence. Our tutor has a fluid approach which allowed us all to get what we needed from the course. It was such a great course and gave me so much confidence.

Attendee on Video Production for Marketing using Smartphones course


Product Photography using Smartphones

Next course is on Wednesday 29 November & Wednesday 6 December 2023

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3D Printing, Laser Cutting and CNC for Prototyping

Next course is on 30 November 2023

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Tax Returns for Freelancers and Small Businesses

Next course is on 6 December 2023.

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Introduction to Graphic Design

Next course starts on 11 January 2024.

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Graphic Design for Marketing and Communications

Next course starts on 12 January 2024.

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Event Planning and Management

Next course starts on 16 January 2024.

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Sales Success for Retail

Next course starts on 18 January 2024.

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Administration Skills for New Professionals

Next course starts on 22 January 2024

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Better Writing Skills

Next course is on 23 January 2024.

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Fashion Design using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator

Next course starts on 23 January 2024.

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Consumer Psychology for Designers

Next course starts on 25 January 2024.

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Visual Merchandising for Retail Spaces

Next courses starts on 25 January 2024.

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Confident Presentation Skills

Next course is on 30 January 2024.

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Website Design for Small Businesses

Next course starts on 7 February 2024.

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Video Production for Marketing using Smartphones

Next course starts on 12 February 2024.

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Selling Skills: Business to Business

Next course starts on 15 February 2024.

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Copywriting and Content Writing

Next course starts on 21 February 2024.

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Social Media and Content Creation for Businesses

Next course starts on 23 February 2024.

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Finances for Freelancers and Small Businesses

Next course starts on 26 February 2024.

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Cybersecurity: Essential Skills and Knowledge for Employees

Available for company groups of 10 or more employees as part of our bespoke courses offer.

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Want to start your own business?

Whether you want to be your own boss, get that side-hustle off the ground, start generating some passive income, or just get a better work-life balance, we can help.

Our HeadStart programme offers free 1-2-1 advice, coaching and workshops plus a £1,000 grant to help you get started!

The project is delivered by NTU, in partnership with Ashfield District Council and is part-funded by the Government’s Town Fund.