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Smart and Inclusive Leadership

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

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.

Helping to drive productivity, growth and competitiveness, our fully funded courses are delivered at no cost to your business and are structured in a way that is flexible to your needs and is accessible to all.

At NTU, we offer a number of courses that are fully funded (delivered at no cost) for employees of eligible SMEs.

CIM Practical Marketing Skills (Level 3)

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.

Course dates

Delivered over three consecutive half-days from 10 am – 1 pm, confirmed dates are:

Course 1 (online)
  • Tuesday 7 September 2021
  • Tuesday 14 September
  • Tuesday 21 September
  • Tuesday 28 September
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Course 2 (in-person)
  • Tuesday 12 October 2021
  • Tuesday 19 October
  • Tuesday 26 October
  • Tuesday 2 November
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Course 3 (online)
  • Tuesday 16 November 2021
  • Tuesday 23 November
  • Tuesday 30 November
  • Tuesday 7 December
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We're also going to be running some courses in 2022.

Contact us at if you have any questions.

We're currently working on getting our other courses ready for delivery in autumn 2021. Course dates will be confirmed here as soon as we have them, but in the meantime you can get a place on our waiting lists.

Sustainability and Inclusive Leadership (Level 4)

Sustainability and the climate crisis are becoming an area of focus for many people across the world in both their personal and professional lives, and it will have a very real impact on the economic landscape.

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.

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.

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.

Course dates

Course dates are still to be confirmed, but we are welcoming expressions of interest.

Contact us at to make an enquiry.

Effective Change Management (Level 7)

The extent, pace and scale of change that 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 new Effective Change Management course is designed to help senior professionals, managers and leaders within SMEs that are currently going through change, to design, implement and lead change effectively. It is relevant for businesses of five or more employees.

This course is fully funded (no cost) for employees of eligible SMEs in the Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire (D2N2) region, and is accredited as a 20-credit module at postgraduate level, but you do not need to have any prior qualifications to attend.

Throughout the course, you will:

  • gain insight into researched, evidence-based and well-established approaches to change management whilst also providing opportunities to apply new knowledge to changes within your organisation.
  • explore organisational barriers to change
  • design your change
  • understand how to effectively implement change
  • understand the impact of leadership and personal effectiveness during change
  • identify more effective ways to engage people with change.

The course is delivered fully online, providing flexibility through self-study and the opportunity to collaborate and share good practice through ‘live’ facilitated sessions. Evidence suggests that a high percentage of change efforts fail. The Effective Change Management programme is aimed at helping SMEs successfully manage this.

Course dates

Course dates are still to be confirmed, but we are welcoming expressions of interest.

Contact us at to make an enquiry.


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
  • those who have previously missed out on traditional educational opportunities

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

What businesses are saying about our support

I already feel more confident and knowledgeable about the role of marketing and how I can apply this to our business. The drop-in session in the afternoon was invaluable, being able to ask further questions in a smaller group, and bounce ideas off of each other.

Phoebe James from Marchini Curran Associates on the Practical Marketing Skills course

I think that a lot of people just don’t have the awareness that’s needed to tackle the problem at scale, so being armed with some facts, ideas for engagement, methods of overcoming objections, and ultimately the confidence to challenge misinformation or misguided opinions is really helpful. I now intend to be much more proactive in advocating for climate solutions and reducing carbon footprints. Since the course, a number of our clients have referenced their own new or improved targets and commitments to sustainability or net-zero, so it’s definitely increased the urgency behind our actions.

Ben Williamson, recruiter at Rebel Recruiters on the SAIL course.

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Smart and Inclusive Leadership team