Education and training

Develop your workforce, invest in your people

Learning and development is vital to the success of any business. It can help you to:

But we know it can be challenging to find high-quality learning and development that’s relevant to your industry, that’s cost effective and that fits around work demands – particularly if you're an SME. Fortunately, our portfolio of work-related education and training solves that problem.

Craig Barker

Having the support of the University has helped us to keep going when things have been tough and has made us the success that we are today. We feel it’s a very two-way relationship

Craig Barker
MD of Koobr marketing agency

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Apprenticeships combine on-the-job training with academic learning (online and face-to-face). They are available at a range of levels - from GCSE level to masters and PhD level. Because of the very generous subsidies currently offered by the Government, they’re a really cost effective way to upskill your staff.

Read more about apprenticeships

For more ad-hoc or 'bitesize' learning, we run short courses and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) sessions - both online and on-campus - in areas like business and management, health and social care (including Learning Beyond Registration), education, science and environmental management.

Online short courses start from as little as £199 and we even run some free online short courses (Massive Open Online Courses – MOOCs).

Explore CPD and short courses

Many of our courses - both on-campus and online - are accredited by professional bodies, such as the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) or the Institute for Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). This means those qualifications meet the high standards set by your industry and often, they are a fast-track to a professional status such as Chartered Manager or Incorporated Engineer. 

We’re also an expert centre for professional-body qualifications such as ACCA (for accountants) and CIPS (for procurement and supply professionals).

See all of our accredited courses

If you're looking for a rigorous taught course for your employees, many of our undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications are available to study part-time – either through on-campus sessions during evenings, afternoons or weekends, or through 100% online learning.

These programmes all include work-related tasks or projects. Our range of qualifications include foundation levels, bachelors degrees and masters degrees. Use our course search to find subjects of interest to you. Or if you need something more bespoke, consider work-based learning.

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Work-based learning programmes are tailored to your organisation’s aims and required outcomes. Before designing your programme, we work with your directors or Executive to understand your overall strategy, and conduct a business needs analysis.

Find out more about work-based learning

Online learning can be a very flexible and affordable way to develop your workforce. The University of Derby Online Learning (UDOL) has been a leader in online education for almost two decades so we're experts in this field.

We have an established online portfolio suitable for professionals from a range of sectors, or you might want to update or develop your own online learning programmes. Either way, we can help you find the right solutions for your employees. 

More about online learning for businesses

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Top 30UK university**Guardian University Guide 2020
Goldstandard teaching**Teaching Excellence Framework

Let us guide you

If you’re not yet sure what type of education or training you need, our specialist business services team will listen and guide you towards the solution that’s right for you. Make an enquiry

Bombardier trains

I’ve always found the University really approachable. They are flexible and interested in our business focus.

Jane Sanders
Capability Development Manager at Bombardier Transportation
Engineering student working on a practical in the workshop

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Our track record of working with smaller organisations and our down-to-earth, practical approach means we’re the ideal partner for your expanding business.

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