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Funded training and development

Through our Staffordshire Higher Skills and Engagement Pathways (SHSEP) and Staffordshire E-Skills & Entrepreneurship Gateway (SEGway) programmes, we offer a variety of continuous professional development courses to help transform the leadership, management, entrepreneurial, digital, and technical skills for your business and your employees. 

What to expect

  • A wide variety of courses
  • Flexible delivery
  • Taught by our academic experts

What qualifications can be achieved?

We offer the following levels of professional development and training.

Pathways to Higher Education – Microcredentials

Microcredentials offer you the opportunity to gain specialist knowledge and skills to advance your career and gain recognition of credit for further under/postgraduate study.

CPD Certified Courses

Develop and enhance your skills and knowledge within your profession and receive a CPD certificate in recognition of your participation.

Short Courses

Build towards your business and career development needs by enrolling on one of our short courses delivered by our academic experts.  You will receive a certificate of attendance for your participation.

Our courses are taught at a variety of different levels. We have a team of expert advisors with specialist knowledge in mapping individual career development needs to professional and academic qualifications.

Business, Marketing and Sustainability

Managing, Leadership and Performance

This course is designed to introduce learners to the responsibilities of managing and leading people. It is also designed to cover various sections of the Apprenticeship Standard for Operational/Departmental Managers.

Digital Marketing Masterclass

This masterclass is designed to introduce learners to digital marketing. Participants will gain a greater understanding of the digital marketing tools available to SMEs.

Design Thinking for Digital Innovation

This CPD certified Design Thinking workshop is designed to introduce learners to the 5 stage process, which aims to define problems and create and test new ideas in a customer-centric approach.

Introduction to Consulting Skills for Work Experience

Consulting skills are a valuable tool in students’ and graduates’ work experience portfolios. Whether you go on to be an employee of a business, freelancer, or CEO of a registered business, the ability to provide new insights, elicit and gather information, solve problems, and come up with ideas is all invaluable in today's job market.

Entrepreneurial Marketing Masterclass

This masterclass will equip you with the marketing tools and skills needed to survive in this current fast-changing world. Whether you are a beginner, business owner or marketing professional looking to boost your skills, this entrepreneurial marketing masterclass is for you.

Introduction to Project Management masterclass

This masterclass will provide learners with a comprehensive overview of Project Management. Relevant for any project in any area of business, the masterclass covers the pragmatic skills and techniques necessary for effective project delivery.

Boosting Business Profits Through Client Acquisition

This short course will show you exactly what is happening during the sales process and explore the traditional relationship between the buyer and the seller. You will also discover sales challenges, prospecting approaches and creating the perfect pitch which will equip you with the tools and techniques to implement within your own business.

HR Law and Legislation

This short 1.5-day course is designed to give learners an understanding of current Employment Legislation and best practice in onboarding techniques.

Driving Sales Through Social Media Masterclass

Driving Sales Through Social Media Masterclass supports you to develop a social media strategy, including the audit of your current performance, setting objectives and KPIs, identifying target audiences, creating and optimising content, and tracking your social media performance.

Driving an Innovative Culture Through Intrapreneurship

Attendees will understand the true meaning of intrapreneurship. The session will demonstrate through interaction how to leverage existing resources and networks within a company to launch transformative innovations and initiatives.

Computer Science, AI and Robotics

Web Based Computing

This course looks at how current trends are used in the development of websites. It looks at both scripting and mark-up languages. Students will develop the knowledge of how to design, implement and test aspects of a webpage.

Business Cyber Security

This course is designed to develop the fundamental knowledge and practical skills for learners to undertake a simple security risk assessment for an IT based system.

Data Analytics

This module is designed to develop the fundamental knowledge of data analysis and how to use data to respond to changes and take advantage of new opportunities.

Digital Transformation

This module is designed to develop the fundamental knowledge of Cloud, Infrastructure and App Development in Cloud Environments, Agile Practices and Continuous Delivery & the Internet of Things.

Introduction to Ethical Hacking

This masterclass highlights the need for penetration testing and how it can help businesses to identify the flaws within their own IT infrastructure.

Artificial Intelligence Overview

This level 4 module is open to individuals who have an interest in Artificial Intelligence or are currently in an Artificial Intelligence related role.


CPR & Defibrillator Awareness

Did you know that if someone suffers a cardiac arrest outside a hospital and receives CPR from someone at the scene they are two to three times more likely to survive? If someone collapsed in front of you, would you know what to do? This course will provide you with skills that could potentially aid you to save a life.

The Staffordshire Higher Skills and Engagement Pathways programme, and the Staffordshire E-Skills & Entrepreneurship Gateway (SEGway) are part funded by the European Social Fund.


Benefits of professional training and development

Whether you’re a business owner, employee, entrepreneur, student or a postgraduate, continuous professional development is an essential tool to maintain and enhance knowledge and skills, aid career progression, promote greater workforce engagement and build on learner confidence.

We also offer local SMEs access to a pool of talent to support innovation, growth and success for your business through a 12-month student placement.

Find out more about placements

Our team

Laura Knight

Employer Partnership Development Manager

I am a Business Development Manager in Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise. I support businesses, identifying training needs and academic pathways as part of our CPD offer.

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Dina Lewis

Employer Partnerships Developmentofficer

I’ve worked for Staffordshire University for over 14 years. I’ve just recently started a new position within Employer Partnerships in the Knowledge and Enterprise team where I promote funded and commercial CPD.

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Jon Horton

Employer Partnership Development Officer

I am a Development Officer in the Employer Partnerships team with a specialisation in training and development (CPD).

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Philip O'Neill

Employer Partnerships Development Mgr

I work with businesses regionally and nationally, to understand their needs, and ensure they are suitably supported by Staffordshire University.

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Archana Sandy

Employer Partnerships Dev Officer

I currently work as an Employer Partnerships Development Officer.

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