Leadership and STEM Skills Development Programmes

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

The 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.

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

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 four taught units, each taking place over two sessions and you can decide whether to take one, two, three or all four units.

At the end of each unit, participants will be invited to complete an activity in relation to that unit. This is optional, but for those that do complete the activity, they will be awarded a Completion Certificate that recognises the additional work and hours undertaken.

Level 4 Qualification - Participants who attend and submit completion activities for all four units will then have the option to gain a University of Derby accredited Level 4 qualification. This will involve further self-paced study, an additional tutor-led session and the submission of a final piece of work.

Developing your inner leader

This part of the programme 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:

Leading through challenge and change

This 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 challenges and change within an organisational context and identify new strategies that you can take into the workplace. The unit is designed for those who are new to leadership, managers considering a leadership role or leaders who are looking for the opportunity to consider new tools and review how they lead in this challenging business environment.

Inclusive leadership

In this unit, you will discover the areas that need to be considered to ensure you are an inclusive leader. You will learn how to better understand and support the individual needs of all team members, helping them to develop and unlock their full potential to improve productivity, staff retention and wellbeing.

Leader as coach and mentor

During these sessions, you will explore how coaching and mentoring can support developmental growth and learning for individuals and teams. You will examine the practical process of coaching, how to prepare to make the most of every coaching opportunity and see how the application of coaching and mentoring can help to successfully and intentionally develop the business, one person at a time. 

How will I learn?

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.

When does it start?

Each unit will take place over two sessions. Dates for 2023 will be released later in the year.

Developing your inner leader

Day 1 Day 2
Cohort 57: Monday 6 March Monday 13 March
Cohort TBC : Wednesday 10 May Wednesday 17 May
Cohort TBC: Monday 26 June Monday 3 July

Session Times: 9.00 am to 3.00 pm

Leadership through challenge and change

Day 1 Day 2
Cohort 55: Tuesday 7 February - FULL Tuesday 14 February - FULL
Cohort 59: Thursday 16 March Thursday 23 March
Cohort TBC: Tuesday 18 April Tuesday 25 April
Cohort TBC: Wednesday 14 June Wednesday 21 June

Session Times: 9.00 am to 12.45 pm

Inclusive leadership

Day 1 Day 2
Cohort TBC: Thursday 2 February Thursday 9 February 
Cohort 56: Monday 13 February - FULL Monday 20 February - FULL
Cohort TBC: Monday 17 April Monday 24 April
Cohort TBC: Monday 5 June  Monday 12 June

Session Times: 9.00 am to 3.00 pm

Leader as coach and mentor

Day 1 Day 2
Cohort 53: Tuesday 17 January Tuesday 24 January
Cohort 58: Wednesday 8 March Wednesday 15 March
Cohort TBC: Tuesday 9 May Tuesday 16 May
Cohort TBC: Tuesday 30 May Tuesday 6 June

Session Times: 9.30 am to 1.00 pm

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.

Am I eligible to participate?

To participate in the programme you must meet the funding criteria requirements. This means you must work for a small to medium-sized business within the Derbyshire or Nottinghamshire (D2N2) region. Alternatively, you could be self-employed and registered as a sole trader within the D2N2 region.

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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Other support for SME’s

We have other support on offer to help small and medium sized businesses through funded programmes, including the newly launched Reskill and Recover programme that aims to help businesses return to growth and increase their productivity following the challenges of the past two years.

Other support on offer include grants and loans, as well as funded business support programmes. Most of these are aimed at local businesses who want to innovate, grow, de-carbonise or upskill. 

Find out about other support on offer