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North East Workforce Skills

Our North East Workforce Skills Programme provides funding through the European Union Social Fund (ESF). It aims to support businesses within the North East LEP area with their workforce skills development.

Educate. Invest. Achieve. Progress.

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General courses

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Part-time

Menopause in the Workplace

Learn what to expect when the menopause happens, and what your next steps might be in the workplace.

Find out more about Menopause in the Workplace
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Part-time

Mentoring for Apprentices

Explore the principles and practices of guidance and mentoring skills and how to apply these to support development of apprentices.

Find out more about Mentoring for Apprentices

Childhood studies courses

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Part-time

Infant Mental Health

This ten-week short course will help those working with young people and families to expand their knowledge on infant mental health and development by exploring professional responses to the wide range of problems families struggle with.

Find out more about Infant Mental Health
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Part-time

Postgraduate Certificate Early Childhood Practice

Discover how to advocate for young children’s rights. Promote holistic child development. Learn how to work directly with families.

Find out more about Postgraduate Certificate Early Childhood Practice

Education courses

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Part-time

Gender and Diversity

Over ten weeks, this short course will help those working in educational settings to understand and celebrate gender diversity, as well as understand the dangers pupils may face and how to support them.

Find out more about Gender and Diversity
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Part-time

Leadership in Educational Settings

This level 7 online masterclass will help leaders in an educational setting to identify behaviours, and give them the skillset to evaluate the impact they have in a work environment. 

Find out more about Leadership in Educational Settings

Engineering courses

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Part-time

Introduction to Warehousing and Inventory Management

This one-day short course will explore the most effective ways to improve warehousing operations in your workplace. Covering topics including how to reduce effort and costs around materials management, you will be able to use the knowledge and skillset achieved on this course to progress your career in engineering.

Find out more about Introduction to Warehousing and Inventory Management
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Part-time

Maintenance Strategy

This short course will explore the history and development of modern maintenance strategies. You will learn to sustain maximum equipment and operations efficiency, and develop solutions that go beyond maintenance to benefit your organisation.

Find out more about Maintenance Strategy
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Part-time

Practical Problem Solving and Root Cause Analysis

This short course will allow you to learn to understand a problem and prescribe a suitable solution. Topics include analysing issues, understanding their underlying causes, and implementing permanent solutions.

Find out more about Practical Problem Solving and Root Cause Analysis
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Part-time

Project Planning

This one-day short course will help you learn the basics in methods of project planning, to help enhance your knowledge and skillset to further your professional career.

Find out more about Project Planning

Health courses

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Part-time

Advanced Diploma in Tissue Viability

This level 6 short course has been designed for healthcare professionals working with patients who have needs related to skin integrity and wound care. The course builds knowledge and skills in anatomy and pathophysiology and aligns them with enhanced clinical assessment and management skills, including the exploration of theoretical and contemporary issues in wound care.

Find out more about Advanced Diploma in Tissue Viability
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Part-time

Advanced Paediatric Clinical Management Skills

This module is a core module embedded in clinical practice in preparation for a Paediatric Advanced Clinical Practitioner (ACP) role and will offer students the opportunity to develop their advanced communication, clinical assessment, examination and clinical decision making and management skills in their field of practice.

Find out more about Advanced Paediatric Clinical Management Skills
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Part-time

Practice Assessor Training Masterclass

Expand your skillset as a Practice Assessor. Learn while you work. Progress in your career.

Find out more about Practice Assessor Training Masterclass
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Part-time

Minor Injuries

Learn how to undertake physical examinations while incorporating clinical history. Develop a wide range of up-to-date knowledge and skills for tackling minor injuries including musculo-skeletal injuries, fractures and sprains.

Find out more about Minor Injuries
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Part-time

Postgraduate Certificate in Tissue Viability

This short course has been designed for healthcare professionals working with patients who have tissue viability needs. The course builds knowledge and skills in anatomy and pathophysiology and aligns them with enhanced clinical assessment and management skills, including the exploration of theoretical and contemporary issues in wound care.

Find out more about Postgraduate Certificate in Tissue Viability
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Part-time

Undergraduate/Postgraduate Certificate of Achievement in Care of the Older Person

In this short course, you will learn about how we age and the issues we face, including some of the common conditions seen in older people and health promotion to support ‘wellness’. Cultural bias and personal values will also be explored.

Find out more about Undergraduate/Postgraduate Certificate of Achievement in Care of the Older Person
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Part-time

Undergraduate/Postgraduate Certificate of Achievement in Improving Clinical Practice in Palliative and End of Life Care

This course considers the many components that contribute to the delivery of quality care. The module will focus on the patient journey, patient choice and preferred place of care.

Find out more about Undergraduate/Postgraduate Certificate of Achievement in Improving Clinical Practice in Palliative and End of Life Care

Leadership courses

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Part-time

Introduction to Leadership

This short course will help leaders and managers reflect on their roles in the workplace, assessing your personal and professional qualities, and exploring how to effectively lead yourself and others.

Find out more about Introduction to Leadership
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Part-time

Mental Health Awareness Masterclass

This masterclass will help leaders, managers and interested peers working in any sector to support staff who might be struggling with their mental health.  

Find out more about Mental Health Awareness Masterclass
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Part-time

Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Change

This course has been designed to help you develop your skills and become a better leader. You will learn how to recognise and apply the theories related to effective management, leadership, and change management.

Find out more about Leadership and Change
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Part-time

Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership and Change via Study Centres

This course has been designed to help you develop your skills and become a better leader. You will learn how to recognise and apply the theories related to effective management, leadership, and change management.

Find out more about Leadership and Change via Study Centres

Media and digital courses

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Part-time

Getting Started with Social Media for Small Businesses

This one-day short course will help you to harness the enormous potential of social media marketing for your small business. Learn the most effective methods and platforms that will help you reach your business goals.

Find out more about Getting Started with Social Media for Small Businesses
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Part-time

Marketing Masterclass

Learn to develop an effective marketing strategy. Enhance the knowledge and skillsets in your workforce. Progress in your career and support the success of your business.

Find out more about Marketing Masterclass
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Part-time

Shoot, Edit, Share: Getting Started in Video Marketing

This course will help you gain the knowledge and skillset to create video content tailored for your target audience. Learn how to shoot, edit, and effectively share your content to make an impact in the digital sector.

Find out more about Shoot, Edit, Share: Getting Started in Video Marketing
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Part-time

Getting started in Podcasting

Explore the key concepts of podcasting and the production methods used.

Find out more about Getting started in Podcasting

Practice nurse courses

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Part-time

Certificate of Undergraduate Achievement in Contraceptive Health

The innovative delivery of this part-time short course will develop the theoretical and practical skills necessary to promote a holistic, patient-centred approach to practice delivery in contraceptive health services.

Find out more about Certificate of Undergraduate Achievement in Contraceptive Health
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Part-time

Certificate of Undergraduate Achievement in Treatment Room Skills

This four-month module aims to equip those who work in general practice/ treatment rooms and who wish to develop their knowledge and skills in this area. The module will cover consultation skills and history taking in a general practice context, and is accredited at the same level as undergraduate degree courses. 

Find out more about Certificate of Undergraduate Achievement in Treatment Room Skills
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Part-time

Undergraduate Certificate of Achievement in Coronary Heart Disease and Heart Failure

The aim of this short course is to develop the knowledge and skills required to care for patients with coronary heart disease and heart failure. The course develops theoretical and practical skills relevant for practice whilst promoting a holistic, patient centred approach to management. It is accredited at level 6, which is the same level as undergraduate degree courses.

Find out more about Undergraduate Certificate of Achievement in Coronary Heart Disease and Heart Failure
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Part-time

Undergraduate Certificate of Achievement in Diabetes

This module aims to equip those whose work involves managing patients who have diabetes mellitus to develop their knowledge and skills in this area. The assessment for this module will reflect achievement at level 6.

Find out more about Undergraduate Certificate of Achievement in Diabetes
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Part-time

Undergraduate Certificate of Achievement in Managing Common Ear Conditions

This module aims to equip those whose work involves managing patients who may present with conditions involving the ear to develop their knowledge and skills in this area. The course is taught at level 6.

Find out more about Undergraduate Certificate of Achievement in Managing Common Ear Conditions
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Part-time

Undergraduate Certificate of Achievement in Respiratory Disease

This programme has been developed to be innovative in approach and develop theoretical and practical skills relevant for practice whilst promoting a holistic, patient centred approach to management.

Find out more about Undergraduate Certificate of Achievement in Respiratory Disease

Psychology courses

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Part-time

Personality Development across the Life Cycle

This module will meet the standards set by the ACP (Association of Child Psychotherapists) as part of the entry standards for the clinical training inChild and Adolescent Psychotherapy. Study on a part-time basis, one Saturday a month.  

Find out more about Personality Development across the Life Cycle

Social work courses

Helping upskill your workforce

The University of Sunderland is part of the North East Workforce Skills Programme. We work with employers to provide work-based learning solutions to upskill the workforce within the North East LEP area.

The University has a dedicated team to support this ESF funded project. Our mission is to work with professionals, and organisations alike, to provide a bespoke service for learning and development.

All organisations within the North East LEP area can access the project funding. Organisations can be of any size and do not have to be a levy payer or sharer to access the programme.

Funding at no additional cost

The project includes a suite of funded courses which have been designed by the University and cover a broad range of subjects, including business, engineering, health, media, teaching, social work, investigation, leadership, workplace wellbeing.

These funded courses will run at various stages throughout the year and will have a set number of places available.

Give our team a call to discuss how accessing this fantastic programme can help your business with upskilling, investing and retaining your staff all fully funded.

Call 0191 515 3361 or esf@sunderland.ac.uk.

Sign up today

1. Contact our team and complete Commitment Form & Company Data Capture Form

2. Confirm commitment to the ESF publicity and document retention policies. Our team can provide further guidance on this process – where applicable

3. Provide names and details of staff who are interested in completing CPD. We will provide you with an online application form link to enrol them on the chosen courses or an application form (subject to availability).

4. We will complete enrolment paperwork and provide you with start dates and information.

5. Finally, continued support from our ESF team will guide your company and workforce through your required CPD objectives.

Contact us

For more information contact the ESF team on 0191 515 3361 or email esf@sunderland.ac.uk.