Smart and Inclusive Leadership

If you work for a small-to-medium-sized enterprise (SME) based in Derbyshire or Nottinghamshire, you could benefit from this brand-new, fully funded leadership and management programme.

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Fully Funded Programme for eligible SMEs

This Smart and Inclusive Leadership programme (SAIL) is fully funded, meaning it is offered without any cost to your organisation. This is possible thanks to funding from the European Social Fund and the delivery partners, which include University of Derby, Nottingham Trent University, Derby College, Nottingham College, East Midlands Chamber of Commerce, Enable, and the Workers’ Educational Association.

The programme has been designed in conjunction with local businesses, to provide a course that will help develop the contemporary leadership and management skills that will drive productivity and growth within your organisation. 

The programme is offered online, enabling your staff to update their knowledge in an easily accessible and convenient way, even when working from home. Furloughed staff can also undertake training.

What does it cover?

The programme will help you identify and develop your own leadership style, building on your existing skills and strengths. You will cover a range of different approaches including:

Consideration will also be given to the environmental and social changes taking place in the UK

Who is SAIL for?

SAIL is for employees in supervisory and management positions as well as recent graduates and aspiring future leaders. It doesn't matter if you are new to management or an experienced manager looking to update your skillset. The programme can also be an excellent gateway to formal qualifications.

Learning outcomes

The Developing Your Inner Leader unit offers you an opportunity to reflect upon your approach to leadership, how you lead and how you will develop your leadership approach going forward. The unit is designed for those who are new to leadership, managers considering a leadership role or leaders who are looking for some reflective space to review how they lead.

You will be offered the opportunity to explore and apply tools and techniques that will help develop ‘your inner’ leader. You can expect to:

The Leading Through Challenge and Change Unit introduces you to a selection of academic tools you can use to lead and solve problems during times of uncertainty, challenge and change.

You are invited to take a step back and look at how you deal with challenge and change within an organisational context and identify new strategies that you can take into the work place. The unit is designed for those who are new to leadership, managers considering a leadership role or leaders who are looking for the opportunity consider new tools and to review how they lead in this challenging business environment.

In the third unit you will discover the areas that need to be considered to ensure you are an inclusive leader. More details will be made available on this unit once it has been released. Should you wish to continue developing your leadership skills, you will also have the opportunity to explore and develop your approach to coaching and mentoring others.

How will I learn?

We recognise the need for flexibility when balancing learning alongside work. As such, the programme has been designed to allow you to tailor your learning to your individual needs. There are three taught units, each taking place over two days and you can decide whether to take a one or two units, or participate in the complete programme.

There will be a blend of online learning methods including live webinars, self-paced study and peer group discussions. All activities and sessions are designed to offer you insight and new ways of working, which you can apply directly to your work role and your personal development. There will also be an opportunity for coaching and mentoring to support your career development.

When does it start?

Units will take place over two days from 9.30am until 4pm. You will be asked to choose from the following dates:

Developing Your Inner Leader Day 1Day 2
Monday 6 September 20 September
Tuesday 7 September 21 September
Wednesday 8 September 22 September
Monday  1 November 15 November
Tuesday 2 November 16 November
Wednesday 3 November 17 November

The programme is completely flexible. You can choose to attend all units or just the areas where you would like to deepen your knowledge and skills.

Leadership Through Challenge and ChangeDay 1Day 2
Monday 27 September 11 October
Tuesday 28 September 12 October
Wednesday 29 September 13 October
Monday  22 November 6 December
Tuesday 23 November 7 December
Wednesday 24 November 8 December

If you're unable to attend on these dates, there will be further opportunities to participate in the programme. Please complete the booking form below for further details.

The Smart and Inclusive Leadership project is part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF)

Book your place

If you would like to find out more about the SAIL programme or book your place, please complete the form below.

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