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Smart and Inclusive Leadership

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

The Smart and Inclusive Leadership (SAIL) project provides employees of SMEs with training opportunities to develop into future leaders, from basic skills and Level 1 bespoke learning, through to postgraduate accredited qualifications.

The Smart and Inclusive Leadership project is part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and supports employees of SMEs to access free bespoke, employer-led training, career coaching and advice to up-skill their employees in vocational and high-level technical skills.

Women in Leadership (Level 7)

Building on our successful Women in Leadership course for SMEs that has been delivered since 2019, this course is delivered by Nottingham Business School experts.

The course is suitable for women currently working in or towards leadership and management roles, and is accredited at Level 7, meaning participants can gain 20 credits towards a postgraduate qualification. To achieve these credits you are required to attend all sessions and successfully complete the assessments (a Personal Development Plan and a report relating to a topic or issue within your organisation).

Practical Marketing Skills (Level 3)

Practical Marketing Skills is a Level 3 CIM-accredited course for employees of SMEs based in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

If you're a business owner, manager or employee of an SME that is responsible for marketing, and want to increase your knowledge, enhance your marketing activities, and increase your chances of success in the years ahead, our Practical Marketing Skills course is for you.

By signing up to this course and opting to take a timed assessment on completion, you will receive a one-year membership to the CIM providing unlimited access to expert marketing tutorials, resources and networking opportunities. On passing the assessment, you will gain 12 credit points towards a full CIM Level 3 Foundation Certificate in Professional Digital Marketing.

Effective Change Management (Level 7)

The extent, pace and scale of change those businesses need to manage, has grown significantly, particularly for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), this can pose challenges around the resources, capacity or skills needed to manage change.

Our Effective Change Management course is designed to help senior professionals, managers and leaders within SMEs to develop knowledge and skills in managing change. The course will help you to understand how to design, implement and lead change effectively.

Sustainability and Inclusive Leadership (Level 4)

The Sustainability and Inclusive Leadership (SAIL) course 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.

Ideal for your team's professional development, this course has been accredited by NTU, and participants will receive 10 credits towards a Level 4 (degree level) qualification. You will also develop an action plan for your business, and upon being successful in your assessment, you will receive a full certificate issued by the Carbon Literacy Trust.

This course is still being designed. Further details to be confirmed soon.

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If you want to enquire about any of the above courses you can contact the teams directly on the details above, or email us at


These courses are available to employees of SMEs that are based in the D2N2 area (Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham, and Nottinghamshire).

We particularly aim to support employees aged 50+, employees with disabilities, Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff, and those who have previously missed out on traditional educational opportunities

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