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Priority Skills for D2N2 SMEs

The Priority Skills for D2N2 SMEs project 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.

Women in leadership course

Priority Skills for D2N2 SMEs

The Priority Skills for D2N2 SMEs project 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.

NTU currently offer two fully-funded course to employees of SMEs:

Women in Leadership is a 3-day course which is designed to help women in SMEs to develop their careers and their capability to manage and lead

Sustainability and Inclusive Leadership is a two-day course focusing on increase climate literacy and sustainability in local small and medium-sized businesses.

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The courses

  • Women in Leadership

    Nottingham Business School (NBS) is delighted to offer a fully-funded course to women managers and leaders, and aspiring leaders from within our local small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) community.

    The Managing and Leading People in Organisations module for Women in Leadership is designed to help women in SMEs to develop their careers and their capability to manage and lead within their organisations.

    The course

    We’ve taken the well-respected management and leadership element of our Executive MBA programme, integrated our vast experience on leadership in SMEs and incorporated latest thinking around Women in Leadership, creating a unique course tailored for you.

    Delivered as a standalone course, it is accredited at postgraduate level. On completion of two short assignments at Pass grade, you will gain 20 credits which can be used towards a further postgraduate qualification and as evidence of professional, accredited leadership development. The course has been designed to be accessible to those without higher education experience.

    This course draws on insights from organisational behaviour, leadership studies, talent management and psychology, to provide a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding the behaviours, motivation and performance of individuals and teams in your organisation.

    Purpose and aims

    The purpose of the course is to develop an understanding of how to manage your own continuous professional development in order to be a more effective leader and to enable the achievement of career goals. You will access a range of learning activities designed to develop personal, professional and leadership capability.

    The aims of the module are to:

    • Create a supportive environment to focus on practical issues facing women in SMEs,
    • explore gender differences in leadership tendencies, and how these impacts how women lead,
    • develop an understanding of effective leadership and management strategies and styles that support employee engagement and performance, individually and in teams,
    • understand management and leadership issues and trends in organisations,
    • develop effective learning strategies in order to achieve your career objectives,
    • develop the ability to use reflective practice to improve your performance and continuous development,
    • understand how to identify ongoing development needs for continuous career management.

    Course content

    Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
    • How management and leadership delivers value in SMEs
    • Women as leaders
    • Developing your authentic leadership style
    • Managing your career: learning strategies, goal-setting,
      development planning and navigating derailers
    • The importance of organisational culture
    • Stakeholder management
    • Navigating power and politics
    • Engagement: issues and challenges for SMEs
    • Leading for high performance
    • Facilitating high performance teams and collaboration
    • Communicating with impact and authenticity

    Learning outcomes

    Knowledge and understanding

    • Critically evaluate the role of management and leadership in your organisation
    • Understand the strategies and styles leaders can adopt to address key people issues within your organisation
    • Demonstrate an understanding of organisational culture and how it helps or hinders leadership initiatives
    • Critically evaluate your decisions, behaviours and actions, past and present, to enhance future personal, professional and leadership
    • Gain new perspectives by learning how to reflect on your thinking and actions and apply new knowledge to ongoing career development

    Skills, qualities and attributes

    • Propose solutions to meet leadership and management challenges which enhance organisational performance
    • Demonstrate an understanding of how you can develop your own leadership style in order to engage stakeholders
    • Analyse a variety of relevant evidence to support decision-making about the management of people within your organisation
    • Reflect on new experiences and contexts as part of the learning process in order to improve performance and develop your career
    • Communicate effectively in a report format and present your written work to a professional standard

    Course dates and signing up

    Course dates currently being reviewed due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.

    There are still spaces available on future cohorts, so please express your interest now.

  • Sustainability and Inclusive Leadership (SAIL)

    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.

    The context

    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.

    The course

    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.

    Learning outcomes and benefits to your business

    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.

    Course dates and signing up

    This course is currently in the pilot stage, to be delivered on 25 June and 3 July 2020.

    There are still spaces available on the pilot, so please express your interest now.

Who will benefit?

The project will specifically support employees who may face additional barriers to high-level skills, including:

  • women
  • employees aged 50+
  • employees with disabilities
  • Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) staff
  • those who have previously missed out on traditional educational opportunities

This project is all about enhancing equal access to lifelong learning, including practical routes to earning learning credits towards further qualifications. Many of those completing the course could receive credits towards further qualifications, such as a postgraduate diploma or certificate.

Most SMEs in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire are eligible for support.

Contact us

Support is available to employees of eligible SMEs throughout 2020.

Women in Leadership

Sustainability and Inclusive Leadership

What are the rest of the consortium offering?

Nottingham Trent University is part of a consortium working together to deliver this ground-breaking programme, which is part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF). The consortium includes Nottingham Trent University, Derby College, Nottingham College, the University of Derby, and Nottingham City Council.

  • Derby College
    Bespoke creation of courses depending on individual needs delivered through e-learning and face-to-face delivery, and bi-monthly employer academies to influence the curriculum
  • Nottingham College
    Bespoke courses tailored to your business need, including technical and job-specific vocational skills, employability provision, and development in English, Maths and ICT
  • University of Derby
    A suite of new, high-quality blended learning courses covering business, marketing, manufacturing, engineering and technology

Still need help?

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