Short courses for small businesses

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Total People are offering a series of fully funded short courses for people who want to gain some professional development.

These courses provide an excellent way to upskill and develop your staff with the latest knowledge, keep your business competitive and provide skills development to help employees progress in their career.

These courses are delivered in partnership with Skills Support for the Workforce, part of the Growth Company. Benefiting from European Social Fund, and come at no cost to your business (if you meet the eligibility requirements).

Individuals will receive a certificate of continuing professional development from Total People on completion of the training that can support career development goals.

These courses can be delivered at your business premises if you have a group of staff who are eligible.
Alternatively, we can deliver classroom based sessions at pre-agreed set dates.

There are short-courses available in Management and Leadership or Health and Social Care:

Management and Leadership

  • Building Stakeholder Relationships
  • Contributing to the Delivery of a Project
  • Managing a Team to Achieve Results
  • Managing Budgets and Resources
  • Managing Daily Activities to Achieve Results
  • Managing Data and Information
  • Managing Own Personal and Professional Development
  • Principles of Management and Leadership

Health and Social Care

  • Communication in Health and Social Care
  • Cleaning & Support Service Skills
  • Dementia Awareness
  • Mental Health Awareness


To be eligible for these short courses you must be a business operating within the Greater Manchester LEP or Lancashire.

For Manchester businesses, priority would be given to employees that fall into one or more of the following priority groups:

  • Older workers aged 50+
  • Young workforce aged 19-24
  • Workers with learning disabilities - including LLDD
  • Women
  • Lone parents
  • Low skilled workers - who do not have a full Level 2 (or equivalent) qualification
  • Low paid workers, workers on part-time or temporary contracts including individuals in receipt of in-work Universal Credit
  • Low paid or low skilled workers who are not able to progress with their current employer or sector, and who could progress with skills support outside of their current employment
  • Workers at risk of redundancy or those unemployed through redundancy in the previous three months

For Lancashire businesses, priority would be given to employees that fall into one or more of the following priority groups:

  • Workers who will be at threat of redundancy or have been made redundant within the last 3 months
  • Employees that currently work in one of the following sectors: Energy and Environment, Finance and Professional Services, Visitor Economy, Creative and Digital, Health and Social Care, Construction

To register your business' interest in one of these short courses, click "Register" at the top of this page and one of our team will be in touch.

To discuss your requirements and for further information, please contact our Business Development team at or call us on 03333 222 666.

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