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Funded training and development

Welcome to the Enterprise Academy - Staffordshire University's one-stop hub for cutting-edge knowledge and skills to empower businesses and young professionals to thrive in a competitive world. 

Through our Staffordshire Higher Skills and Engagement Pathways (SHSEP) and Staffordshire E-Skills & Entrepreneurship Gateway (SEGway) programmes, our diverse selection of professional training courses have been designed to elevate your skills in key areas such as sales and marketing, leadership & management, computing and AI, health, environment and sustainability, entrepreneurship and innovation.

Unlock your potential, stay ahead in your field, and make a real difference. The Enterprise Academy not only provides you with the latest knowledge but also connects you with a lively community of professionals who share your drive for growth and success.

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

Digital Marketing Masterclass

This masterclass introduces learners to digital marketing. Participants will gain a greater understanding of the digital marketing tools available to small to medium-sized businesses with up to 250 employees (SMEs).

The New Psychology of Leadership and Team Dynamics

Gain deep insights into the intricate psychology behind effective leadership and team dynamics in our workshop, The New Psychology of Leadership and Team Dynamics. Led by renowned experts, Professor Matt Slater and Paul Mansell, acquire invaluable skills to build thriving teams in today's dynamic business landscape. Enrol now!

Social Media Marketing Strategy Masterclass

The Social Media Marketing Strategy Masterclass supports you in developing 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.


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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Jon Horton

Apprenticeship 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

As a Knowledge Exchange and Enterprise Development Manager at Staffordshire University, I collaborate with businesses to understand their needs, offering support for innovation and project development to address challenges and opportunities.

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Archana Sandy

Business Engagement Consultant

I currently work as a Business Engagement Development Officer, supporting students, graduates and local businesses with continuous professional development (CPD) training.

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