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Smart and Inclusive Leadership (SAIL) and Branch out in STEM

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The STEM and SAIL projects are part funded by the European Social Fund

Derby College Group (DCG) and partners across the region have been awarded funding from the European Social Fund across two projects to benefit employees of local small and medium sized businesses within the Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire (D2N2) area.

The project is delivered by a consortium of higher education, further education and third sector organisations. Led by Nottingham Trent University (NTU), the consortium also includes Derby College Group, University of Derby, Nottingham College, East Midlands Chamber of Commerce, Inspire Culture and Learning, and the Workers’ Educational Association.

The programme involves two complementary projects that focus on the development of skills within leadership and management and STEM:

  • Smart and Inclusive Leadership (SAIL)
  • Branch out in STEM

Smart and Inclusive Leadership (SAIL)

The Smart and Inclusive Leadership (SAIL) project aims to provide employees of local SME’s the opportunities for training to develop into future leaders, boosting the development of their growth, productivity, and competitiveness.

Branch out in STEM

The Branch out in STEM (STEM) project aims to provide employees of local SME’s the opportunities for training to develop into future leaders, boosting the development of their growth, productivity, and competitiveness.

Courses available:

E-learning: Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders

Validated by Highfield Qualifications, this e-learning course provides around six hours of training, which will count towards the recommended eight guided learning hours you are required to undertake before achieving the Level 2 Award for Personal Licence Holders (APLH).

The course is available online through the Highfield Learning Management System and allows you to monitor, manage and record all training activity. Your knowledge will be tested by 84 multiple-choice questions across the seven modules and you will have access to a comprehensive glossary of licensing terminology.

Course Content

  • Licensing law
  • Personal licences
  • Premises licences
  • The protection of children
  • Powers and enforcement
  • Temporary events
  • Responsible alcohol retailing


Approximately six hours



Who should take part?

Delegates wanting to gain their personal licence holder’s qualification

Exam dates

Call 01332 836638 or email to book your exam.

Level 2 Certificate in Team Leading Principles

The objective of this qualification is to support learners in a team leading role in the workplace. It is aimed at learners who are new to team leading or looking to progress into this type of job role. The qualification will allow learners to develop their knowledge and understanding of a team leading role, resulting in the achievement of a nationally recognised qualification. This qualification can be applied to a range of occupational sectors.

Throughout the course, delegates will learn:

  • The principles of team leading
  • Team leading responsibilities
  • How to manage oneself and provide direction to a team
  • Dealing with conflict
  • Communicate information and knowledge work related information effectively
  • Understanding how to develop working relationships with colleagues
  • Understanding personal development

The course will be delivered through distance learning and can be started at any time. Learners will be allocated a tutor to be on hand throughout their time learning with this qualification.

Benefits for the individual

  • Understand key management skills
  • Put new skills into practice in your own role
  • Motivate and engage teams, manage relationships confidently
  • Develop your leadership skills using your own knowledge, values and motivations


Eligible employees of SMEs will be fully funded for the qualification.


Up to 4 months. Location: Virtual learning.


Roll on, roll off.

ILM Level 2 Awarding Leadership and Team Skills

Our nationally recognised ILM Level 2 Award in Leadership and Team Skills units are designed to help team leaders, supervisors and managers who have not had any formal training or qualifications to successfully lead their teams to boost the organisation.

Throughout the course, delegates can complete 1 of these units or both to gain the full qualification:

  • Developing yourself as a Team Leader – Helping you to understand the role and responsibilities of a team leader and to improve personal performance
  • Understanding Change in the Workplace – Improving your capacity to deal effectively with change as required by a practising or potential team or cell leader

The course will be delivered through a mix of different elements such as online virtual sessions with our dedicated leadership and management tutors and coaches,workshops, and group work or as one-to-ones.

Benefits for the individual

  • Learn core leadership and management skills
  • Put these skills into practice in your workplace
  • Improve your team’s performance
  • Gain a nationally recognised qualification


For eligible individuals, you will be fully funded for the qualification.


Up to 6 months.


Virtual learning or classroom.


Roll on, roll off.

Level 2 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace

Validated by Highfield Qualifications, this course is designed to give you an overview of the basic principles of good health and safety practice. There are no specific entry requirements and assessment is via an externally marked multiple-choice exam paper.

Course content

  • Principles of health and safety and accident prevention
  • Contributing to a health and safety management system
  • The importance of risk assessment as a technique for accident and ill health prevention
  • The responsibilities placed on employers and employees
  • Manual handling
  • Hazardous substances
  • Exposure to noise and vibration
  • The importance of following systems, procedures and rules
  • How individual action can reduce risks to health and safety
  • How workplace equipment and task design affect health and safety
  • Electricity
  • Fire prevention

Progression routes

  • E-learning: Level 3 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace (E-learning)
  • IOSH Managing Safely


1 day


Derby College Ilkeston Campus


£100 per person and £950 per group booking (maximum of 15 per group)

Who should attend?

Any worker in any environment, industry or sector

Contact us

Support is available to employees and businesses until 31st December 2023.

If you are interested in finding out more about the funding opportunities available to individuals and local businesses or would like to sign up to our funded courses please contact:

Amy Bacon 07971323661

Amy Wicks 07885477698

Speak to us today!

DCG can help with a range of different business solutions including professional development, apprenticeships, work experience and more

Email: or Call: 01332 387 421

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