Manchester Digital and the UK Skills Academy are pleased to announce a partnership to offer a fully funded course under the government's investment into Skills For Growth.

The Course is open to seniors and decision makers in SMEs (Small - Medium Enterprises) looking to upskill and lead Digital Transformation within their business.

What is Leadership For Digital Growth Training?

By attending this course, fully-funded by the GMCA and delivered by Manchester Digital, you will gain essential leadership skills that will help you make actionable, growth-focused changes within your organisation.

Course Outline

The programme will consist of two full days. The aim of the programme is to equip senior leaders and decision markers in SME's (Small - Medium Enterprises) with the tools and processes to help prepare their business for high growth, focusing upon the development of their proposition and people.

What are the benefits to you?

  • Understand your business model and ensure the value proposition(s) hit the sweet spot of meeting customer expectations and generating sustainable profit
  • Develop your elevator pitch and prepare yourself investor conversations 
  • Check the levels of Emotional Intelligence in your business and improve ways in which your staff engage with each other
  • Review your leadership style and how you need to flex to get the best out of the situations you face on a daily basis

Over the course of the full two day sessions, we will look at:

  • A review of your business model and how resilient it is for the next 3-5 years
  • How do you add value for your customer?
  • Pitching your proposition in the most persuasive and compelling fashion
  • Understanding and developing Emotional Intelligence
  • How to create high performing teams
  • Behaving like great leader
  • Transformation/Growth Action Planning

Course Dates:

Cohort 1 (Virtual) 4 x AM Sessions - 30/11/21; 01/12/21; 07/12/21; 08/12/21 {no longer available}

Cohort 2 (Virtual) 4 x PM Sessions - 18/01/22; 19/01/22; 24/01/22; 25/01/22

Cohort 3 (In-person) 2 x Full Day Sessions - 01/03/22; 08/03/22

Cohort 4 (Virtual) 4 x AM Sessions - 15/03/22; 16/03/22; 22/03/22; 23/03/22

Cohort 5 (Virtual) 4 x PM Sessions - 10/05/22; 11/05/22; 17/05/22; 18/05/22

Cohort 6 (In-person) 2 x Full Day Sessions - 15/06/22; 22/06/22

*course dates/delivery are subject to change. In-person may change to virtual events dependent on Government Covid-19 requirements

Are you eligible?

  • Turnover must be below €50 Million (£43 Million). This includes if the company is owned by a holding company or is part of a group.
  • Staff count must be greater than 5 and fewer than 250. This includes if the company is owned by a holding company or is part of a group.
  • Company must have a trading address in Greater Manchester

The full course outline will be made available to those whose places have been verified. 

This course is delivered by Manchester Digital, in partnership with the UK Skills Academy and funded by the GMCA.

Next Steps

If you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact


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