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High Level Skills STEM and SAIL

High Level Skills STEM and SAIL

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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 local SMEs and their employees with the leadership and management skills gaps that they are missing within their business. SAIL provides SME staff 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 project supports both employees and local SMES who work within the science, technology, engineering and maths industries to develop and enhance their leadership and management skills to become more efficient and productive within their competitive industry in priority areas.

Courses available:

ILM Level 2 Award in 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 all 3 to gain the full qualification:

  • Developing yourself as a Team Leader
  • Improving Performance as a Work Team
  • Understanding Change in the Workplace

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.


For eligible SMEs, your employees will be funded for the qualification and you will only need to pay for the registration and certification of the course. The registration and certification fee are £85 for the full qualification or £65 per individual unit


6 months


Virtual learning


Roll on, roll off

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.


For eligible SMEs, your employees will be funded for the qualification and you will only need to pay for the registration and certification of the course which is £75


3 months


Virtual learning


Roll on, roll off

Who is eligible?

Any individual that is employed by a small or medium organisation in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire is eligible for support. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are defined as:

  • Less than 250 employees
  • Annual turnover under EUR 50 million or; Annual balance sheet less than EUR 43 million
  • Not more than 25% of the organisation is owned by an enterprise that is not an SME.

Companies must be based in the D2N2 area to qualify for support. D2N2 is the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) for Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

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 Roundhouse Thinking by email or by calling 01332 836638.

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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