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Professional and executive development

Giving you the skills, knowledge and confidence to deal with today's business challenges.

We deliver both intensive one-day masterclasses designed to satisfy specific skills requirements and minimise time away from work, and longer sector-specific training programmes for more in-depth learning.

In addition, we can deliver in-house training programmes for groups of your employees requiring particular skills, helping you to reduce time and travel costs.

Delivered by academic experts in their field, our programmes are designed to help you deal with today's business challenges.

If you don't see the programme you are looking for, just get in touch. We pride ourselves on being flexible and responsive to the needs of businesses and can work with you to provide tailored learning packages specific to your workforce - delivered where, how and when you want it.


Professional and executive development series

Jazz Leadership

  • Date to be confirmed
  • Teesside University
  • Duration: Half day
  • Cost: £150 + VAT

Delivered by Noel Dennis

At a time of unprecedented chaos brought on by the global pandemic, organisations need to be more agile, creative and flexible in the way they operate and develop a culture and structure that empowers individuals to lead.

Organisations should be more like a jazz group - where agility, creativity and innovation are constantly at play. Jazz musicians are risk-takers and want to develop their own ideas to create something new.

This masterclass examines the parallels between jazz and strategic management and leadership, and the importance of developing an improvisational organisational mindset to be more proactive and responsive to external challenges.

The session offers an alternative lens to challenge your thinking and identify new solutions to old challenges.

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Staff Wellbeing

  • Date to be confirmed
  • Teesside University
  • Duration:One day
  • Cost: £250 + VAT

Delivered by Marie Ranson

This course is for small to medium business owners who understand that happy, healthy employees are the key to organisational success.

You explore a framework to establish your own workplace wellbeing strategy. You gain the knowledge to motivate yourself and others to achieve top performance and measure the ROI and effectiveness of a wellbeing programme. You gain an understanding of best practice on how to attract and retain top talent through a people-first culture. You also explore the compliance and employer's duty of care responsibilities and where to find additional support.

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Strategic content marketing

  • Date to be confirmed
  • Teesside University
  • Duration: Two full days
  • Cost: £400 + VAT

Delivered by Sohel Ahmed

According to the Content Marketing Institute, most marketers are using content marketing. It is used by organizations, such as P&G, Microsoft, Cisco Systems, and John Deere. It's also developed and executed by small businesses around the globe. The four key benefits are increased sales, cost savings, loyal customers and content as a profit centre.

You gain knowledge of the fundamental tactics content marketers employ to profitably attract and keep customers. You learn how to create, plan, and implement a content marketing strategy, assess, and monitor the success of content marketing, produce persuasive content, use a strategic writing framework, and establish your professional brands and authority through content marketing. You also learn how to put the ideas into action and build your own personal brand through content marketing.

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Leading with Emotional Intelligence

  • Date to be confirmed
  • Teesside University
  • Duration: One day
  • Cost: £250 + VAT

Delivered by Adebukola Oyewunmi

Do you know that emotional intelligence accounts for 90% of effective leadership? Do you know that emotional intelligence can be learned?

Emotional intelligent leaders recognise and manage both their own emotions and the emotions of others to resolve conflict, foster productive relationships and deliver positive organisational outcomes.

You understand and leverage the art of leading with emotional intelligence and use evidence-based theory of emotional intelligence to help you tailor your leadership style to get the best out of yourself, your team and your colleagues. You will immediately apply what you learn to your own context and practice using your new knowledge to enhance your effectiveness.

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Campaign Planning for Digital Media

  • Date to be confirmed
  • Teesside University and online
  • Duration: One day
  • Cost: £125 + VAT

Delivered by Thaim Low Wee

You explore key success factors in managing a digital campaign, the characteristics of digital media, the importance of integrating online and offline communications, and models and terminologies for digital campaign planning. You learn how to plan an online marketing campaign effectively and how to choose the best mix of online and offline communications techniques. Case studies are discussed to enhance understanding of campaign planning.

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The Sustainable Organisation

  • Date to be confirmed
  • Teesside University
  • Duration: One day
  • Cost: £240 + VAT

Delivered by Suzanne Hague

In today's world businesses have responsibilities that stretch far beyond simply creating wealth for shareholders, they must also consider their impact on their people, the planet and future generations. You explore what it really means to be a sustainable organisation. You look at the organisation through the perspectives of society and values and consider how your business can make a meaningful contribution towards sustainable development goals. You assess how leaders think and act differently to create social and economic impact, and the importance of your stakeholders. You learn new approaches to help shape your decision making, and address some of the challenges which create barriers to shifting the mindset of your teams. This is an interactive, discussion-led session to provide you with a renewed sense of purpose.

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Introduction to Leadership in Public Sector

  • Date to be confirmed
  • Teesside University
  • Duration: One day
  • Cost: £200 + VAT

Delivered by Nicola Selby

You gain the practical skills and knowledge needed to be effective leaders in the unique context of the public sector. The course aims to provide you with practical, evidence-based strategies for leading in the public sector. Through interactive learning, you gain skills in effective communication, learn how to lead and motivate your team to achieve optimal results, and understand your own strengths and weaknesses as a leader.

Aimed at those new to leadership and future leaders, you reflect on your own leadership style and areas for growth. By the end of the session, you should feel confident and equipped to take on the challenges and opportunities of leadership in the public sector.

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Net Zero and Greener Business

  • Date to be confirmed
  • Teesside University
  • Duration: One day
  • Cost: £250 + VAT

Delivered by Diana Feliciano

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges to humanity in the 21st century. Individual action and economic activities contribute to increasing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, leading to the increase of the average global temperature of the Earth. International agreements and the Climate Change Act 2019 commits the UK government to meet the Net Zero target by 2050, meaning all businesses must identify their emission sources and implement actions towards GHG reduction.

You explore how businesses are impacted by climate change and need to undertake an assessment of the risks and implement adaptation actions. You gain understanding of climate science and policy and the technical terms used to identify GHG emissions sources from different activities in different economic sectors, to estimate GHG emissions and identify actions to reduce GHG emissions. You undertake practical exercises to identify climate change risks to different businesses and economic sectors and to select effective adaptation strategies.

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Female Entrepreneurship and Imposter Syndrome

  • Date to be confirmed
  • Teesside University
  • Duration: One day
  • Cost: £200 + VAT

Delivered by Gbemi Ogbolu

This session equips female entrepreneurs with the necessary tools and knowledge to overcome hurdles and succeed in the competitive business world. You gain insights into the unique challenges faced by women entrepreneurs and practical solutions to mitigate them. Through interactive sessions, you learn how to develop a winning business plan, build a strong network, secure funding, and opportunities. You explore the promotion of gender diversity and equality in entrepreneurship by highlighting successful women entrepreneurs and encouraging women to pursue entrepreneurship as a viable career option.

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How to Write Winning Bids

  • Date to be confirmed
  • Teesside University
  • Duration: One day
  • Cost: £250 + VAT

Delivered by David Pratt

In today's competitive business landscape, the ability to craft compelling proposals is a valuable skill that can set you apart from the competition. You learn the key components of successful bid writing. From understanding client requirements and conducting thorough research to tailoring your proposal to effectively communicate your unique value proposition, this course equips you with the tools and techniques to create winning bids.

Real-world case studies are used, to help you gain valuable insights on crafting persuasive narratives, structuring proposals and incorporating visual elements to enhance the impact of your bids. You gain an understanding of the evaluation process and strategies to address common pitfalls.

Whether you are an aspiring freelancer, a business professional, or a seasoned entrepreneur, this short course empowers you to write winning bids that captivate clients and propel your career to new heights.

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Finance for Non-Finance Managers

  • Date to be confirmed
  • Teesside University and online
  • Duration: One day
  • Cost: £350 + VAT

Delivered by Jonny Munby

This course is for those in management roles who require an understanding of financial terminology, such as assets and expenditure to effectively manage resources, investments and staff teams. You gain an understanding of the key foundational concepts of accounting to understand your organisation's financial reports, how to set and manage budgets, how to manage capital spend, as well as how to interpret specific performance measurement tools that may be used in your organisation.

There is the opportunity to review and discuss organisation-specific reports to increase your understanding. The material covered in this interactive one-day session supports you in your day-to-day tasks and prepares you for future roles such as director-level positions.

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Design Thinking

  • Date to be confirmed
  • Teesside University and online
  • Duration: One day
  • Cost: £250 + VAT

Delivered by Sabeen Bhatti

Design thinking is a powerful tool for managers that is focused on a human-centred process that relates to innovation management. Design thinking encompasses idea generation and framing, complex problem-solving, creativity, and prototyping. You will be led through a step-by-step, design thinking process to help you plan and manage innovation projects effectively.

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Negotiation Skills and Understanding Behaviours

  • Date to be confirmed
  • Teesside University
  • Duration: One day
  • Cost: £300 + VAT

Delivered by Hazel Rockingham

Negotiation is a strategic discussion involving at least two parties, with the intention of resolving an issue that both parties find acceptable. Improving your negotiation skills ensures that business interactions are maximised so that both parties leave feeling that they have accomplished their desired goal. You explore core values and identify and recognise how these elements influence negotiation. You build your self-awareness as a negotiator to customise your approach and fully leverage your strengths.

You also explore consumer behaviour, which is a combination of psychology, motivation, and behaviour. You explore collecting consumer behaviour data, knowing exactly who your client is and how they make decisions. You also think about your competition and what your USP is and how to adapt and improve your marketing campaigns.

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