Training and skills development

Being in business is one thing, thriving is another. The University of Stirling offers a range of training and development opportunities to upskill staff and grow your business.

Staff training around a table

Help to Grow: Management Course (90% funded)

We are one of a select number of Scottish partners delivering the UK Government’s Help to Grow: Management Course.

The course is designed for SME senior managers seeking to boost their business’s performance, resilience and long-term growth. The cost to attend is 90% funded by the UK Government (company contribution of £750).

The course’s 12 modules are undertaken alongside full-time work – through a combination of online sessions, face-to-face learning, peer support and mentoring. By the end of the course, you will develop a business growth plan specific to your SME.

BSc (Hons) Graduate Apprenticeship in Data Science (100% funded)

We offer a practical, work-based learning experience to help staff develop a career as a data scientist or analyst. The course gives students an in-depth awareness and appreciation of the underlying computing and mathematical principles empowering data science technologies, and how this may enable a business to thrive in a data-driven world.

Tuition is 100% funded, so there is no cost to the student or employer.

Entry requirements to the programme are flexible. However, a background or interest in managing data is recommended.

Contact us

If you’d like to talk to us about whether a Graduate Apprenticeship in Data Science is right for your staff, please get in touch with our team at

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Continuous Professional Development is essential to keep up with best practice and new legislation. We offer a wide range of accredited programmes for employers and professional staff. Work with us to ensure your business is equipped to meet the evolving needs of your sector and remains compliant.

Sign up for a scheduled short course or speak to us about your bespoke training requirements.

The Enterprise Programme

We offer dedicated business support through our well-established Enterprise Programme, an innovation hub for business growth and acceleration. The programme is delivered in three streams. 

Develop Activity Stream

Ideal for when you are just starting up. We will support idea generation, development of your business model and grow your entrepreneurial skills.

Launch Activity Stream

Supports emerging founders from the Develop Activity Stream, to test and develop viable business models in preparation for launch.

Grow Activity Steam

Supports emerging founders to launch and grow new start businesses. We offer start-up incubation and growth-oriented support.