Business Skills College

The need for professional business skills and broader awareness is growing. The Business Skills College can help by building business acumen for you, your staff and your organisation as well as supporting your enterprise and your projects.

Our Business Skills Pathway helps you to unlock the potential of senior leaders and their teams whilst supporting their route onwards towards executive roles.  Drawing on our unique experience and expertise within Defence, our prospectus is perfectly suited to those organisations involved with complex procurement, programme and asset management.

Our strategic programme helps you to develop effective board level dynamics, the ability to manage strategic risk, analyse financial statements and implement appropriate regulatory frameworks.  A business skills theme is at the heart of our thinking.  It sets a common level of competences and is designed to unlock your potential, whatever your professional specialisation.

Developing your financial acumen through our courses enhances crucial understanding of accounts, governance and how money flows, because every business decision involves finance.  The commercial suite of courses develops your legal and negotiating skills to set up and manage commercially binding contracts and supplier relationships, whether in a contractual or business interface role.

The Defence Capability and Acquisition programme is founded upon Portfolio, Programme and Project Management skills whilst recognising the significance of effective Integrated Logistics Management as a through life cost driver.  Our courses aim to embed critical thinking, context and confidence with project management skills working alongside complex procurement processes to achieve an assured delivery for you and your team.

We provide awareness; practitioner and expert level courses to support your learning pathway and these are complemented by MBA and MSc programmes delivered by our approved external contractors. We hold professional accreditation with APM (Association For Project Management) and the Chartered Quality Institute and we are endorsed by the Institute of Directors.

The Business Skills College contributes to wider government learning and development initiatives and uses competence frameworks that ensure our offering has relevance across both public and private sectors. Our courses will help you to run a successful department, be that in government or in the private sector and are designed to unlock the cognitive skills of our students, expanding their intellectual capability.