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Support for your business - current offers

UPDATED JUNE 2022

Free internships, help to cut carbon emissions and one-day workshops to help teach basic digital skills are among a package of support for businesses available from De Montfort University Leicester (DMU).

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DMU is part of the East Midlands Accelerator, a £5m package of business support that is being run by East Midlands Chamber in partnership with universities and local authorities.

DMU is supporting three of the five strands to the East Midlands Accelerator:
•    Net Zero
•    Digital Skills
•    Start up to Scale Up
Businesses can get in touch now to find out more about how the accelerator programme can help them.

Carbon Reduction Short Course

This session will help you understand the context of carbon reductions and what climate change means for your business, why you should be taking steps to reducing your emissions, how you and your customers can benefit and how to access support.  

This project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund.

16 June; 21 June; and 30 June  - click here to book your spot

Carbon Literacy Training for Businesses

This course aims to help give SMEs the knowledge and tools to start your green journey. No previous environmental knowledge is needed. It's suitable for managers or operatives, and delivered either in person or online.  

By the end of the course, you will:

• Understand and explain the science around climate change and how it affects us globally and locally

• Have the tools and knowledge to reduce the carbon impact of your business

• Build your own climate pledges to take action on climate change

 Dates here:

 6 and 13 June (online)

16 and 17 June (online)

20 and 21 June (online, with a focus on fashion)

22 and 23 June

28 and 29 June

6 and 7 July

The courses are delivered by Alice Jackson, Academic Engagement Officer, University of Leicester & Christiane Startin-Lorent, Owner of Lorent Training. Delegates who complete the programme will receive Carbon Literacy certification.

Free one-day skills bootcamps

Research tells us that data analytics is the number one sought-after skill that employers in the region are looking for and want their workers to have. Our one-day courses held on campus will look at the basics, how to compile visual presentations and give you confidence. Please see further information on each course below:

Introduction to Data Visualizations Course (Thursday 9 June)

Introduction to Data Modelling Course (Thursday 16 June)

Cyber Hygiene Skills Course (Thursday 30 June)

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Sustainability audits

A free two-hour audit which is undertaken physically at a business’s premises by trained students from the University of Leicester, DMU and Loughborough University, and which offers a useful assessment of practices in areas including energy, water, waste, procurement and travel. Register your interest at: zerocarbon@dmu.ac.uk

Graduate roles and postgraduate placements  

Is your business missing key skills and competences in net zero or digital? 

A fully-subsidised 9-week graduate role or placement is an easy way to bring high-level skills into your business without the usual recruitment headache or cost. 

The University of Leicester, De Montfort University and Loughborough University have joined forces to offer this programme to businesses across the city of Leicester (and to other UKCRF areas such as the city of Nottingham which may lie within a commutable distance for Leicester students). The three universities share an extensive CV bank which allows them to quickly find those individuals with appropriate skills for your business.  

The type of support on offer from the graduates and postgraduates includes, but is not limited to:  

  • Net Zero: reduction of energy, waste and water consumption.  
  • Digital: implementing a new server or supporting the move from manual to digital processes.

A specialist placement and enrolment adviser will assess your needs and match you with the appropriate candidate.

Who do I get in touch with?

Contact zerocarbon@dmu.ac.uk to register your interest


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